All systems go for Catterline Gala

THE winners of the Catterline Gala Poster Competition are pictured with their designs - back row, from left, local artist Stuart Buchanan who judged the competition showing Catterline Primary P2 pupil Callan Dodds' poster, Tracey Walker of the Catterline Gala Committee and P7 winner Rosie Hall. Front, from left, P6 winner Becky Plummer, P3 winner Rowan Nilssen, P4 winner Andrew Campbell, P1 winner Hector Stephenson-Murray and P5 pupil and overall competition winner Hester Irving.
THE winners of the Catterline Gala Poster Competition are pictured with their designs - back row, from left, local artist Stuart Buchanan who judged the competition showing Catterline Primary P2 pupil Callan Dodds' poster, Tracey Walker of the Catterline Gala Committee and P7 winner Rosie Hall. Front, from left, P6 winner Becky Plummer, P3 winner Rowan Nilssen, P4 winner Andrew Campbell, P1 winner Hector Stephenson-Murray and P5 pupil and overall competition winner Hester Irving.

IT is all systems go in Catterline this week as the village gears up for its annual Gala weekend.

With this year’s theme being based on Hollywood, there is sure to be plenty of old school glitz and glamour to the proceedings on June 11.

And there has been lots of opportunities for local children to get in on the action - as well as the usual poster competition (winners pictured above), pupils at Catterline Primary have been busy creating lots of lovely arts and crafts which will be available to buy at the gala, which will run from 1pm to 4pm next Saturday.

The children have also had the chance to enter a short film (less than three minutes) on any subject in a bid to win an “Oscar”, while work is also underway on scarecrows and fancy dress outfits, on the theme of favourite Hollywood character.

There will be lots to do on the day, with bouncies, surf simulator, stalls, races, games and homebaking all to get stuck into.

Following on from Saturday’s antics will be the famous Cartie Challenge, an annual competition for home made “gravity powered” soapbox carties which is held as part of Gala weekend.

It was first held in 2005, and has fast become one of the highlights of the village year, with teams from as far afield as Selkirkshire, Ayrshire and Perth making the journey for next weekend’s event. It is now also part of the Scottish Cartie Association Championship.

Carties are displayed at the Gala on the Saturday, where voting takes place for prizes such as “Best Engineered” and “Best Decorated”.

On the Sunday the carties are time trialed down the brae from the Creel Inn to the harbour in a breathtaking display of skill, passion and nerves, with the winner being presented with the Connons Shield and hailed as the “supreme champion.”

There are also prizes for the Cartie Sprint race, a Constructors’ Trophy for the best aggregate time and a “Champagne Moment” for the most memorable incident of the day.