GALA Week, that magical time in Broughty Ferry’s calendar, is just a week away.
Last year’s Gala Week was a fantastic success, blessed with glorious sunshine, blue skies and warm temperatures, and most importantly plenty of visitors - a combination that made the event one of the most successful ever.
This year, organisers hope to welcome even more people to enjoy all that ‘the Ferry’ has to offer throughout the summer, starting with the exciting new Ferry Music Fest on June 29 and 30 (more information at www.ferrymusicfest.co.uk) followed by the Gala Fete at the Castle Green on Sunday, July 1.
Gerry Stewart, chairperson, Broughty Ferry Community Gala Committee, told the Guide & Gazette: “Each year the Gala Committee together with The Broughty Ferry Traders’ Association, use funds generated during Gala Week to benefit the community, and to support local charities and organisations such as The RNLI, Age Concern, St Andrews Ambulance, Senior Citizens Club, Scouts and many others.”
Gala all week events events include the popular children’s window guessing competition, a five-a-side football competition which takes place at the Esplanade football pitches nightly at 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, July 2 to 6, fun in the park at Castle Green featuring Stirling’s carnival attractions and a walking treasure hunt for all ages around Broughty Ferry.
On Sunday, July 1, the children’s fancy dress competition takes place at Age Concern, Brook Street, at 12.45 p.m. and the Gala Fete at Castle Green runs from 1 p.m. and features live music, traditional fete games, face painting, an indoor cafe, karaoke, a bungee run, a water bubble and many other atttraction too numerous to mention.
On Monday, July 2, the pavement artist competition runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Brook Street (in the YMCA if wet). Judging takes place at 12 noon. A sand sculpture competition startes at 1 p.m. and last for two hours at the bathing shelter on the Esplanade. Judging is at 3 p.m.
Cream teas are available from 1.30 to 3 p.m. in the Age Concern Club, Brook Street.
On Tuesday, July 3, there is a fishing competition from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the bathing club shed, Castle Harbour Pier and from 10 a.m. a buried treasure hunt will take place at the bathing shelter at the Esplanade. A coffee morning will be held at the Age Concern Club, Brook Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and a gala sequence dance begins at 1.30 p.m. in the YMCA, Brook Street. Not to be missed is the family fun night team races at 7 p.m. at Castle Green.
Orchar Park Public Bowling Club will hold an open evening from 7 to 9 p.m. for those aged 14 years and up. Inquires to 07757 693 066.
The programme on Wednesday, July 4, begins with the pavement artist competition in Brooke Street from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and the bonnie babies competition also begins at 10 a.m. at Castle Green. The family pet show takes place at 1 p.m. also at Castle Green and there is a Broughty heritage walk at 1.30 p.m. starting at The Library.
In the evening Gala prize bingo begins at 7.30 p.m. in St Stephen’s Church hall, Brook Street.
On Thursday, July 5, a sand sculpture competition takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the bathing shelter in the Esplanade and cream teas will be on offer from 1.30 to 3 p.m. in the Age Concern Club, Brook Street.
There will be a fishing competition between 10 a.m. and 12 noon near the bathing club shed at Castle Harbour Pier, meet at 9.30 a.m. The five-a-side football continues at the Esplanade in the evening and a gala bridge drive will take place at 2 p.m. in St Stephen’s Church hall, Brook Street.
Orchar Park Public Bowling Club will hold another open evening, starting at 7 p.m. and a beetle drive is scheduled for St Stephen’s Church hall between 7 and 9 p.m.
A buried treasure hunt is the first event on Friday, July 6, starting at 10 a.m. at the bathing shelter on the Esplanade. At 1.30 p.m. a best dressed teddy competition will take place in the Castle Green Leisure Centre.
Cream teas will be available between 1.30 and 3 p.m. in the Age Concern Club, Brook Street, and the five-a-side football competition finals begin at the Esplanade at 7 p.m. There will be a fiddlers’ rally starting at 7.30 p.m. in St Stephen’s Church hall, Brook Street.
On Saturday, July 7, Broughty Ferry Library will hold an open day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A gala week car boot sale begins at 10 a.m. at the Esplanade opposite the Glass Pavilion and there will be a summer fayre between 2 and 4 p.m. at Ferry House Residential Home, 8 Gray Street.
The final day, Sunday, July 8, will feature an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ starting at 1 p.m. at The Hotel Broughty Ferry; a Gala Week car boot sale from 10 a.m. at the Esplanade opposite the Glass Pavilion. A ‘Secret gardens of Broughty Ferry’ trail organised by Broughty Ferry in Bloom will begin at 1 p.m. and a ‘Masterchef’ competition will take place at The Ferry Inn.