Treasure hunts and teddies lead up to Whithorn Fun Day

The teddy-bear's picnic was a canine family affair for these three and their pooches
The teddy-bear's picnic was a canine family affair for these three and their pooches

THERE was plenty of head scratching and puzzle solving when the Whithorn Summer Activities Group staged their car treasure hunt last Wednesday night.

The hunt was set by Billy Carnochan, famous throughout the Machars for setting the most mind-bending puzzles and devious off-beat clues.

And it was won for the second year running by an arguably just as devious-minded Forsythe Galloway and his team, Mickey’s Crew, who lifted the £30 prize, sponsored by Gary Huxtable the Plumber.

A total of 14 cars entered the hunt this year, adding another £70 to the coffers of the Whithorn Summer Activities Group.

On Friday afternoon, the wet weather held off long enough for the Teddy Bears Picnic in the Bottom Park, where Little Miss Whithorn, Chloe O’Malley was presented with her sash.

Dozens of children and their parents attended the event, and were entertained by a circus clown, alias Sean Dodds of Port William.

Later in the day the younger children enjoyed their picnic while the older kids staged an impromptu football match in the Astroturf.

The next event will be the Grand Fun Day on Saturday, July 30, in the Top Park in Whithorn beginning with a fancy dress parade and floats on a television theme, meeting at the fire station at 12 noon.

The fun continues in the Top Park at 1pm and there are several activities planned including the crowning of Little Miss Whithorn, bouncy castles, face painting, bush tucker trials, highland games, beat the goalie, tug ‘o war and other side stalls, burger and ice cream vans.

The evening will be rounded off with The Hoe Down in the New Town Hall with live music from Creetown’s Band of Brothers, and there will be prizes for the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. This is for over 18’s only and there is a bar. Tickets are £6 and include supper.

The event following the Fun Day will be a darts and dominoes competition for adults only on Sunday, August 7, in the Railway Inn staring 3pm.

The Sports Day and Barbecue will take place in the Bottom Park in Whithorn from 12 noon to 2.30 pm on Friday, August 12, weather permitting. There will be ordinary races and wacky races, something for everyone. Entry is £1 and includes the barbecue.