It’s all systems go for saved Portlethen Gala event

The success of the Gala has been building in recent years.

The success of the Gala has been building in recent years.

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Portlethen Gala has been saved, with a brand new committee stepping forward to keep the community fun day going.

The future of the event was under threat, after previous organisers, charity Befriend a Child, pulled out earlier this year.

Befriend a Child - which provides a one to one befriending service to vulnerable and underprivileged local children - resurrected the gala in 2010 after an absence of several years.

The event has grown steadily ever since, with the 2013 gala proving the most successful yet. But a series of other commitments in 2014 has meant that the charity are unable to continue with it, and they urged the community to get behind the event and keep it going.

A group of volunteers made up of members of Portlethen and District Community Council called a meeting recently, and received a fantastic response from local residents.

Community council chairman Ron Sharp said: “Hats off to those involved.

‘‘It’s only been a short period of time, but a lot of progress has been made.

‘‘We are aiming to get local people, businesses and talent involved.”

A date has been set for August 30, and around 30 stallholders are lined up to participate.

However, community councillor Alec Reid said that support from the people of Portlethen is still needed to make the event a success and secure its future : “This year will be finding our feet, but hopefully in the future it can help fund community projects.”

The main event will run from 12-5pm, with a dance in the Jubilee Hall in the evening.