Lack of community help means no pageant bunting

After months of campaigning for help towards the running of this year’s Galloway Pageant in and around Newton Stewart, organisers left with few pairs of hands have been unable to string the flags of bunting across the town’s main streets.

The traditional coloured display is usually a fixture of the summer calendar but required extensive effort from those willing to climb ladders and hire cherry pickers.

Pageant chairman Colin Faulds said this week that last year’s flags had needed to be completely repaired and there was neither time nor manpower to do that this year.

He also took to the pageant Facebook page where he added: “The cost last year to put up the flags was a total of £485. The last time I was chairperson I only had to call the council and hey the job was done which we thanked them for each year but times have changed. I have appealed to the local public to come forward to offer help but very few people have.”