Jam packed Fettercairn Gala

Fettercairn Gala gets underway this week  ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES'No use without payment.
Fettercairn Gala gets underway this week ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES'No use without payment.

Fettercairn Gala got off to an early start with a Quiz Night held in the Village Hall last Friday evening.

This event was brought forward from its original date due to a clash with other village events.

However this did affect the number of participants with a good turnout of 16 tables. The Duncan family from Luthermuir were the eventual worthy winners. We’re sure it was the science fiction round which won the day.

The first week in June sees a variety of events taking place to suit all tastes. Monday June 1 is the Prize Bingo evening, which usually attracts a large crowd aged from 3 to 93. It is a fun-filled evening and prices have remained the same for several years.

So if you’re looking for an inexpensive evening out Fettercairn Hall at 7.00pm is the place to be.

Wednesday sees ‘Songbook Melodies’ coming to entertain at the Gala Concert for the first time. This is a Montrose duo of Kirsten and John Tomlinson, who have been delighting audiences for many years in and around the Montrose area and further afield.

They will be singing a series of songs from the 40’s through to the 70’s so if you remember any of those era’s, this entertainment is for you. Even if you’re too young to remember, you can’t fail to enjoy joining in the fun and singing along with those familiar tunes.

After all everyone has surely heard of the Beatles, to name but one of the stars from those days. The audience is invited to dress up in a costume from their favourite era if they so desire, although this is by no means necessary.

Tickets cost £6.00 (including refreshments) and are available at the Fettery Shoppe, The Post Office, at the door on the night or by phoning Helen Thomson on 01561340309.

The Duck Race takes place on Thursday evening, at 6.30p.m. This is a change from previous years when the Duck race normally took place on Gala Day. The venue is also changing, with the race starting off from the path which leads from the distillery to the Arch. There will be areas where it will be safe to stand to watch the ducks.

The Duck race will end along that path, which means there is no reason for anyone to be on the road. If you are unsure about where to go, meet at the village hall. After the Duck Race teas will be served in the village hall, where there will also be some family activities and games for everyone to join in.

Gala Day is Saturday June 6 and takes place in the Public Park from 1.30p.m. This year the Gala will be opened by Mrs Janet Buchanan-Smith whose late husband The Hon. Alick Buchanan-Smith , was a much loved and respected long standing M.P. for the Area. We are thrilled she has agreed to open our Gala this year.

This years Gala will be used to help fund the repairs to the stone work of the Public Hall in this it’s 125th Anniversary. With this in mind there will be a Victorian Theme with a fancy Dress competition for Children and Adults alike. There will be plenty of activities for the children, with an ‘It’s a Knockout’ and a ‘Soak the teacher’ game, organised by the Parent Council. There are also Bouncy castles, children’s crafts, a toy tombola, a beat the goalie type competition and fairground type games.

There is a Bowling 7 ends Competition, a Tombola, a Wellie throwing competition, and a Dancing Display by the Beattie School of Dancing. It is hoped to have enough entries from village groups for a ‘That’s Entertainment’ Competition. Put your thinking caps on and see what you can come up with.

There will be teas, a bar, and a burger stall. All we need now is good weather and enough people at all events to help us meet our Gala fundraising target of £2,000.