All set for Portlethen Gala this Saturday

A climbing wall will be one of the attractions on the day.
A climbing wall will be one of the attractions on the day.

It’s all systems go as Portlethen gears up for its annual gala which will be held this Saturday at the local Academy.

There’s a packed schedule for the event which kicks off at noon, meaning that there will be something for everyone as the organisers have made sure they cater for the whole community and offer value for money throughout the day.

The event has been organised by members of Portlethen and District Community Council, after previous organisers, Cornerstone, said that they were unable to carry on being involved.

Speaking at the August meeting of the community council, vice-chair Kevin Fraser said that he hoped it would be a day to bring the community of Portlethen together, although he added that he was “very disappointed” with the lack of support from residents in the run-up to the event.

He added: “We would still welcome helpers who want to come forward, but mainly we just want the people of Portlethen to come along and enjoy themselves.

‘‘We are hoping for a great day and hopefully next year it will be even bigger and better.

‘‘We’ve tried to cater for everyone and keep things as local as possible.

“We’d also like to remind people that, unlike previous years, all of the money made on the day will be invested back into the local community.”

Mr Fraser said that, despite repeatedly appealing for volunteers to help with the event, the response from the local community had been very poor.

He explained that just seven people had organised the entire day.

Among the things to do on Saturday will be a climbing wall, bouncy castle, carnival rides, beer tent, catering, tray bakes, a Portlethen heritage section, and much more.

Newtonhill Pipe Band will be performing and Mearns FM will be compering.

A raffle with prizes including an Ipad, £1000 cash prize and an overnight stay at Ardoe House Hotel will be drawn at 4.30pm.

Tickets costing £1 will be on sale on the day.

A dance will be held in the church hall in the evening, and tickets for this are still available.

Mr Fraser announced at the meeting that he will be resigning from the community council following the gala, explaining that ‘‘the general apathy and lack of interest from the wider community’’ had encouraged him to take the decision.

Chairman Ron Sharp said that he was saddened to see Mr Fraser go.

He added: “We would have liked to see more people come forward so that, in future, we can continue the event”