CARNOUSTIE groups benefitted last week thanks to the hard work of the town’s gala committee.
Carnoustie Gala Committee Mary Bushnell welcomed guests to their annual dispersal of funds on Friday night in the Royal British Legion clubrooms on Dundee Street.
Angus Provost and Carnoustie councillor Helen Oswald was on hand to present cheques totalling over £6,500 to a range of local groups and causes.
Carnoustie First Responders were singled out as project of the year and received a cheque for £1,000.
Mary thanked the committee for their hard work and paid tribute to Andy Coogan for leading the Gala Day parade with his Olympic Torch.
Sue Tulloch was thanked for her years of service organising the Gala Week dog shows and was stepping down for a well-earned rest.
Wendy and Gary Devlin, of David Murray Transport assured the committee of their continued support in the wake of the passing of David and Meg Murray.
Presenting the cheques, the Provost said: “It is a great pleasure to be invited here tonight to present the cheques from the Carnoustie Gala Committee to local groups.
“The Gala Committee members, all volunteers, work all year, putting on events and fundraising and every penny raised goes back into the community.
“I know of no other organisation in Angus which works so successfully to help their community.
“Not only that, the events they organise are important to the social fabric of the area, not just the main headliners, like Gala day and the Torchlight procession, but the primary school discos, the quiz nights, the Songs of Praise - all reaching out successfully to different interest and age groups.
“The sheer numbers of groups represented here tonight is testament to the strong community ethos that drives the Gala Committee. I’m sure you’ll all agree that Carnoustie is a better place because of ‘Gala’.”
Cheques were presented to the following groups: Carnoustie 6th Angus A Pack Cub Scouts; Carnoustie C Pack Cub Scouts; 1st Carnoustie 6th Angus Scouts; 1st Carnoustie Beavers; Adoption and Long Term Fostering; Alyth and District Pipe Band; Arbroath Royal British Legion Pipe Band; Burnside School Parent Council; Carnoustie Boys Brigade; City of Brechin Pipe Band; Burnside Primary School; Carlogie Primary School; Woodlands Primary School; Carnoustie Befrienders; Carnoustie High School Fencing Club; Carnoustie Camera Club; Carnoustie Canine Capers; Carnoustie Photo Group; Carnoustie Coastguards; Carnoustie and District Pipe Band; Carnoustie and District Brass Band; Carnoustie Community Helpline; Carnoustie Social-Eyes; Kinloch Kids Club; MacMillan Cancer Support; Nathan McGill; Panmure Kids Club; Rebecca Cottage; Carnoustie Royal British Legion; Carnoustie Skatepark Committee; and St Andrews Ambulance Association.
Trophy winners for Carnosutie Gala Week 2012 were: junior float - Carnoustie Scout Group; senior float - Corner Hotel; walking float - Carnoustie Twinning Association; vintage tractor - Angus Gunn; junior putting - Jamie Chalmers; senior putting - Pamela Sutherland; mens’ darts - Ronnie McGill; ladies’ darts - Fiona Smith; dominoes - Colin Hendry and Sandy Fairweather; quiz night - Norries’ Ninky Nonks; and sunflower competition - Cara Bushnell.