Portlethen Gala 2011

The Portlethen Gala took place on Saturday in aid of the charity Befriend a Child.

Despite bad weather being predicted, the rain held off for most of the day and although the sun didn’t manage to break through the grey clouds, crowds still showed up to take part in the various activities and to explore the stalls.

This is the second year that The charity Befriend A Child have arranged the Gala.

Karen Farquhar, Chief Executive of Befriend A Child, said she was delighted with the success of the event once again.

She said: “Despite the weather forecast, the rain just about stayed away on the day and we were really pleased that so many local people braved the cold and the wind to come along and enjoy the various activities that were on offer and to find out more about the work that Befriend A Child does.

“We look forward to continuing to grow the event year on year and are already thinking about how we can make the Portlethen Gala 2012 even bigger and better.”

The charity had a number of stalls at the Gala including home-bakes, games and face-painting.

The day raised over £1000 for the charity, with more money still to be collected.

Befriend A Child is Scotland’s oldest befriending service for disadvantaged children. Working with social workers, care homes, health visitors, and other charities,

Befriend A Child supports children aged 4-16 and continues to work with them up until the age of 18, if required.

The Charity is hoping to expand into Aberdeenshire in the near future.

Along with the charity arranged stalls, a number of other activities were available on the day. The inflatable bungee run and gladiator games were popular with the crowd.

The more adventurous visitors to the Gala took on the challenge of the rock-climbing wall which had been put up for the day by the Air Training Corps.

There was also a beer tent, which provided perfect shelter from the chilly weather.

Entertainment on the day was provided by Mearns FM and performances from the Newtonhill pipe band along with other live acts.