All the fun of the fair

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Monifieth Medieval Fair is just a week away!

The annual event on Sunday, June 17, is a popular fixture on the local calendar. The idea is to re-enact within a modern perspective the activities that took place at the original St Rule’s fair which was held twice annually in 16th-century Monifieth.

So there will be entertainment, an opportunity to buy and sell, time for a chat with neighbours and friends, and a chance too for the various community groups within Monifieth to exhibit their activities.

One of the organisers, George Mitchelson, urged everyone to come along. Young people from the Wilma Tolmie dance school will be entertaining with highland and character dances and the River Valley Stompers will be putting their best feet forward in a display of line-dancing.

There will be a display of Zumba, a presentation of modern and street dance and a performance of exotic Egyptian dancing.

Mr Mitchelson said: “We have live music in the form of a ‘guid blaw’ from the pipe band, contemporary ceilidh music from the Cutting Edge Ceilidh Band, some exciting singing and music from two local bands from the 4Real community group, and music and song from the young band from Carnoustie, Gleadhraich.”

Monifieth Amateur Dramatic Society will also be on hand to present a snippet from their forthcoming show.

He continued: “There are Bonnie Baby competitions for age groups up to six months, six months to 12 months and one to two years. The Bonnie Babies event will take place in Monifieth South Church hall at 2 p.m.

“Two more competitions are on offer. The Fancy Dress contest is always popular, and it’s time to pull out costumes from the back of the ward-robe. Age-groups are under-five years, five to seven years, eight to 12 years and 13 years and over.

“And there’s special contest for our four-legged friends, in the Exempt Dog Show, with all the usual categories.”

He concluded: “A fair would not be complete without stalls and a mini-carnival for the youngsters. Come along and join the fun in the Reform Street car parks from 12.30 p.m.”