Broch Gala extravaganza hailed a roaring success

Carly Slessor, Martin Slessor and Matthew Buchan.
Carly Slessor, Martin Slessor and Matthew Buchan.

Hundreds flocked to the Leisure Centre on Saturday, despite the wind and rain, for the main attraction of this year’s fantastic Fraserburgh Gala.

Throughout the gala week, there was a host of events for all age groups - including a sandcastle and fancy dress competitions, a disco, tea dance and prize bingo.

There was also a Dance Revolution night and, of course, adults’ and children’s versions of ‘It’s A Knockout!’ which kicked off the fun-packed week.

Then, at the stroke of 12noon on Saturday, the main day of the gala began with the sound of the Deveron River Brass Band.

Due to the rain and blustery weather conditions, the decision was taken to hold the gala indoors at the Leisure Centre - but this did little to dampen the spirits of those who joined in the fun.

For younger visitors, there was a bouncy castle, a gladiators’ ring and face painting.

Also in the large hall of the Leisure Centre was an array of stalls, including a bottle stall and the Lifeboat stall as well as stands selling refreshments and confectionery.

Running alongside the main event was the always-popular baby show in the small hall, with Nievah Jappy in the 6-12 months category securing the overall title.

Outside, the Custom Bike and Scooter Show proved popular, with no fewer than three motorbike clubs attending the gala. Blue Angels MC, Tribe 21 and Road Mutts MCC were all present at the show.

One biker even came all the way from Leeds to attend the motorbike show.

Later in the evening, local musician Hammy and rock band Sanctuary delivered an evening of rock music at the Leisure Centre.

The gala drew to a close on Sunday with a Churches Together service, which was also held at the Leisure Centre.

Commenting, gala committee chairperson Marie Wallace said: “We were delighted with the turnout all week, especially on Saturday given the weather.

“It’s great to see the community support and it shows Fraserburgh in a positive light.

“We would like to give special thanks to Councillor Brian Topping for providing the music and information, and to Councillor Hamish Partridge who gave up his time to help on Saturday - he also attended almost all the events and is not even a councillor in Fraserburgh!”

“For the first time this year, we had a tent on Saturday afternoon. This was made possible as Dennis Forsyth of Cheers Bar did the training for the Gala Committee so we had the ServeWise qualification,” she added.