Gatehouse Gala draws the crowds

A most successful Gatehouse Gala took place last week in the town with every event well attended no matter the weather.

Organiser David McNicol said: “We had a good opening day with the crowning of the queen and the sashing of the Fleet Lad and Lass for 2016. A concert by Jesse Garron followed which was a big hit with the crowds as well as helping to raise money for the Macmillan cancer charity. The car treasure hunt, picnic in the park, the tennis and the golf were all well attended and the fun run, organised by the Galloway Harriers, saw good number turning out despite the weather. Then on the Wednesday it had dried up by 6 o’ clock at night in time for a fantastic torchlight parade and fireworks display.

Saturday 6th August'Gatehouse of Fleet Gala'Junior Floats 2nd The Magic Roundabout

Saturday 6th August'Gatehouse of Fleet Gala'Junior Floats 2nd The Magic Roundabout

“Saturday was the big day with the parade and there were 12 floats this year all of a very high standard. The crowds stayed on to listen to Bruce McKenzie’s band, the Kirkcudbright Pipe Band and there was also a model train going round the park.

“The week finished off on the Sunday with the Riding of the Marches. Twenty horses went out in the afternoon on the four hour ride and around 60 to 70 horses went round the town and out to Cally Palace at night.”

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4-6yrs Individual 1st Rory Watson as a Roman Soldier


4-6yrs Groups & Pairs 1st Little Mr & Miss Scott Parker & Louise McCaig and Best in Show


12-18yrs Individual 1st The Queen Emily Webster


12-18yrs Groups & Pairs 1st Lightning strike Melissa & Bobby


Adult Groups & Pairs Arise Sir Andy Corinne - Anne Harper & Wendy King


Senior Float 1st Liqourice Allsorts


Senior Floats 2nd Schools Out


Senior Floats 3rd Pippa Pig


Junior Float 1st Sandgreen Smugglers & overall winner of The Hamish Holmes Cup


Junior Floats 2nd The Magic Roundabout


Junior Floats 3rd Gatehouse lollies by the sea


Outstanding effort prize winners Andy’s wild adventure