Gala Day was the “biggest ever”

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CARNOUSTIE Gala Day was a huge success this year according to the organisers.

On Saturday, townsfolk turned out en masse to watch the parade and enjoy the stalls and entertainments organised at the House Grounds.

The weather shone through, despite a temperamental week of tropical rain and intermittent sun.

The parade this year was based on a children’s television theme, and the six floats featured characters old and new, from the Flintstones to the Simpsons, Bill and Ben to Doctor Who.

Also in the convoy were nine pristine condition antique tractors, the Carnoustie Coastguards, a detachment of British Legion bikers, the Boys’ Brigade bus, carnival performers, members of the Centre for Performing Arts and Paws for Dogs, all led by the Carnoustie and District Pipe Band.

The route of the parade was lined with admirers, and it was estimated that around five thousand spectators thronged the streets.

Carnoustie House Grounds was very quickly packed to capacity with families enjoying the dozens of stalls offering toys, refreshments and games.

Possibly the most entertaining looking event was the paddling pool upon which youngsters in giant inflatable balls attempted to retain any sense of dignity, and failed with great hilarity.

Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd, who was compering at the event, said: “Standing from within the arena I could clearly see that this was the biggest turnout ever.

“I am always thrilled to be asked to compere gala day and every year the event goes from strength to strength.

“Thanks should go to Mary Bushnell and the rest of the committee as this event just doesn’t happen over night - it’s year round organisation.

“This day is always one of my favourites as it’s great to see so many of the community either taking part or attending the event.”

Gala Day committee member Gordon Henderson was only just recovering from his labours when the Guide & Gazette caught up with him on Monday.

He said: “I’m only coming back down to earth now. We had fantastic weather.

“I never get to see the parade myself, as I’m too busy up at the House Grounds, but I was told that the streets were packed.

“Normally we find that Carlogie Road is a bit sparse, but my daughter was bucket collecting there and she said there were more people there than she had ever seen there.”

Gordon added: “It was a bigger turnout than last year, a vast improvement indeed.”

As always, there were winners galore:

Best dog: German Shepherd, Tye, Sarah Mills, Balfour Place; Best puppy: Maizie Power, Linefield Road; Can-u-spot it: ages five to seven: Grace Clark, Millview, Barry; eight to 11: Caitlin Halley, Rose Street, Carnoustie; 11 to 16: Hannah Marshall, Holyrood Street; Junior putting: Jenny Chalmers, Carnoustie; Senior putting: David Geekie, Carnoustie; Junior float: Angus Performing Arts Centre; Senior float: Allstars bar; Walking float; Angus Performing Arts Centre, Fiona Forbes dancing class; Bonnie babies: 0-12 months, Isla Moffat, Dunfermline; 13-24 months, Leighton Raeburn, Carnoustie; Miss Rosebud, Rebecca Ansell, Redford; Mr Muscles, Cameron Low, Arbroath; Best chatterer, Alistair Clark, Lower Balmachie.

l Above: Carnoustie and District Pipe Band lead the way. Below: The winning float from Allstars bar.