Gala future in jeopardy - volunteers needed

With the Mearns busy preparing for Christmas, the ever-popular annual summer Laurencekirk Gala may seem a long way off.

But behind the scenes, the cogs are in motion to begin planning next year’s event - if it goes ahead at all?

The Gala Committee are a dedicated group of volunteers who meet every six to eight weeks throughout the year to plan the week’s events.

But the tradition, which attracts hundreds of people each year, could be in jeopardy if more volunteers don’t come forward to help.

In previous years it has included kids club, bingo, a tea dance, car treasure hunt and pet show, as well as other events some years such as a fashion show or comedy night and the main Gala Day.

Committee member Lloyd Davies, who has helped with the organisation since 2006, said: “During the week itself you will find masses of volunteers come forward but it’s getting people to commit to the committee and regular meetings which is the challenge.

‘‘Ultimately, the more people who get on board then the more the workload can be spread about and the less of a challenge it will be.

“We feel there is still an appetite for a gala in Laurencekirk but, if not and no committee can be formed, it may be lost from the summer calendar forever.”

A meeting will be held this Sunday (December 8) in the Royal Hotel, Laurencekirk, at 7pm in an attempt to try and form a new gala committee.

Everyone is welcome to go along and there will be no obligation on anyone who attends to take any further involvement in the Laurencekirk Gala.

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