Broch turns out to welcome the gala


Fraserburgh’s gala returned last Thursday with a low-key auction offering locals the chance to sell their unwanted goods and, in the process, raise money for future Fraserburgh galas.

Gala committee organisers had levelled a small 10% commission fee on any items sold during the auction.

Paintings and memorabilia were among the items for sale.

On Friday, the gala kicked into life with an outdoor barbecue, a fun run and live, local bands playing in the Leisure Centre, rain having dashed plans to have the bands playing outside.

Saturday, however, was welcomed by hundreds of Brochers from far and wide showing their support to the gala efforts by turning out to take part in the Zumbathon, watch the strongman competition, and even have a go on a pony.

The Alibi and Target 5, meanwhile, played throughout the evening in the Leisure Centre at the gala dance.

Sunday, the last day of the Fraerburgh gala, was again based at the Leisure Centre, with Churches Together holding a service in the main hall, before the pet show brought to the links everything from hamsters to dogs.

Gala Committee Secretary Marie Wallace thanked everyone for their involvement in the gala, saying: “I was delighted with teh overwhelming success of the whole weekend. The weather did play a part in this, but the support of the local community made the event one to remember.

“The committee worked exceptionally hard over a very short period to pull it together and we would like to thank every individual and organisation who helped in any way. Special thanks go to Invercairn Gala for their assistance, Mr J. Gray, the bands and DJs who performed for free, Williamsons scrap merchants, Brian Topping, Alan Mutch, the Leisure Centre staff and the many judges involved over the weekend.

“We hope we will have made a small profit which will be used to build on this year’s success.”

She added that the gala had “already started planning a bigger and better event for next year!”

Meanwhile, Avril Reid, who organised the pet show for the gala, added: “I would like to thank the staff of Buchan Vets Fraserburgh for their judging, Pamela and John of Pets Palace for donating prizes for the pet show, and everyone who donated a prize or their time to a brilliant weekend!”

Summing up the Fraserburgh gala, Councillor Charles Buchan said: “Great beach, great facilities, great weather, great babies, great dog show, great people.”

Ann Bell, former election candidate for Fraserburgh and district, also said: “What a marvellous effort Fraserburgh gala committee have put in to arrange this great event. It has created a wonderful buzz in the town, lets try and keep it up.”