Sandwiched between two glorious sunny days, the Catterline Gala took place in rather damp conditions on Saturday afternoon. The 21st Gala, with its Hollywood theme, was opened by Jack Sparrow (aka Fraser McKibben) resplendent in his pirate outfit.
Fraser judged the fancy dress competition which had many well known Hollywood characters. Of special note was Tom Robertson, dressed as an Egyptian mummy, with the bandages covering his two broken arms in plaster casts. The winner was Hudson Gill, dressed as Indiana Jones. The scarecrow competition was won by the Walker family with their Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, with a Jack Sparrow by The Stephensons a narrow second, ahead of Buzz Roseweir.
The indoor attractions were flavour of the day. The local children had been asked to create short films and there were 11 films to be watched, which including several Lego horror stories, a Titanic sinking and teaching a Jack Russell puppy (Toby) to jump. Oscars were awarded for distinguished film making.
The stalls were busy, especially the bottle stall run by Phil and Debbie Murray, which had its extensive stock cleared in an hour. The rowing club, which is raising funds to build a community rowing boat, had an indoor rowing competition, won by strongman Chris Wilson with Rosie Hall leaving the rest in her wake in the under-12s.
Outdoors, visitors were able to view the Carties, ready for their race down the brae on the next day. The Knitting Club won the prize for most beautiful cartie. On the sports pitch, the highlight was a “Puss n Boots” game where the kids had to run to one end of the field to pick up their tails, tuck them into the back of their trousers or skirts, then run around grabbing as many tails as they could. The eventual winner after some very funny antics by all competitors was, Adam Finlayson. The boys of the village won the tug of war for the first time in many years against the girls, despite their valiant efforts lead by Jillian Evans.
The duck chuck, in which 500 plastic ducks are hurled into the air by Catterline’s trebuchet was won by Cameron Howard and the gala was finished in its accustomed way with the trebuchet throwing hundreds of sweets on to the park, which were quickly tidied up by the children.
For pictures of the Gala see P21.