Crowds brave downpour for annual Gala Day

The float decorations were based on an olympic theme.
The float decorations were based on an olympic theme.

AS THEY say in showbusiness, ‘the show must go on’ and despite the torrential rain on Saturday that is just what the Carnoustie Gala did.

The crowds may have been a bit thinner than usual along the parade route, but there were still people every step of the way to cheer on the floats and people put off by the rain waved from windows, doorways and balconies.

For Scott Ferguson, of the 1st Carnoustie Boys Brigade, Christmas came early. He was using the Stall at the summer Gala to promote the BB's 20p Christmas post.

For Scott Ferguson, of the 1st Carnoustie Boys Brigade, Christmas came early. He was using the Stall at the summer Gala to promote the BB's 20p Christmas post.

Chair of Carnoustie Gala Committee Mary Bushnell said: “I think at one point someone said to me there were about 2,000 people there. It was a good turnout considering the weather.

“It was just brilliant. All credit to Carnoustie folk for coming out and those folk from further afield.

“Wellies and coats and umbrellas and you were fine, it was just the way we had to do it. A lot of work was put into the floats, so there was no way we would cancel.”

The participants put a lot of effort into the floats which were all on an Olympic theme this year.

The winner of the junior float was Carnoustie Scout Group with their Olympice themed entry and the senior winner was the Corner Hotel with an Australian themed float.

The parade set off from the Panmure Industrial Estate at around 12.45 p.m., led by pipe bands from Carnoustie and District, Alyth, Brechin and Mains o’ Fintry.

Following them was the ‘Gala car’ carrying Olympic torch carrier Andy Coogan and Gala Committee chair Mary Bushnell with an open-top sports car carrying Miss Aulnay-Carnoustie close behind.

A walking float was provided by Carnoustie Twinning Association. There were also four vintage tractors, one Second World War era motorcycle, a trike, a Coastguard truck and the Angus Library bus.

There were six decorated floats from Carnoustie Scouts, All Stars, Carnoustie Cubs, Carnoustie Musical Society, the Angus Centre for Performing Arts and winner of the best float award, The Corner Hotel.

The column then proceeded along High Street, up Carlogie Road, along Newton Road and down to Carnoustie House Grounds to the Gala Day fete.

In the House Grounds a wide selection of local organisations had set up stalls providing information, or running raffles, lucky dips and tombolas.

There was also a funfair for children, with a funhouse, water-zorbing, giant slide and ‘beat the goalie’.

The fete also received many compliments according to Mrs Bushnell. She said: “We have had very good feedback from folk and stall holders. They did well, possibly because folk were taking shelter in the tents and buying things.”

There was also a lot of community spirit in evidence, as people pitched in to battle the boggy conditions which saw a few lorries flounder at the House Grounds. Mrs Bushnell continued: “It wasn’t a major problem when they got stuck. That’s another thing, folk just help out. Bob Cameron from Muirdrum had his tractor and pulled them out as they needed.

“And then somebody also came out with a mini-digger and levelled all the ruts.”

l Visit www.guideandgazette.co.uk to see our videos of the parade.