Fettercairn Gala success

FETTERCAIRN Gala 2010 was a resounding success.

All gala events took place in glorious weather and the committee were heartened by the support given from both within the village and from their friendly neighbours.

The Quiz Night attracted 18 teams, with the 'Tweenies' winning by the narrowest of margins over the 'Keen Team', on a tiebreaker question. Kirk Mice were 3rd with '3 Men and a Girl' picking up the Consolation Prizel

Monday night saw a large crowd of around 100 people enjoy the Prize Bingo. Ages ranged from 3 years to 88 years. Thursday evening saw the Car Treasure Hunt attract 19 cars with 'Confused' taking the honours. In 2nd place were 'Chancers' while 'The Three Stooges' came in 3rd.

On the same evening a Walking Treasure Hunt took 54 children and adults on a fact finding tour of the Village. Everyone learned something new, and were glad to finish up at Queen Elizabeth Court for some welcome refreshments.

'The Scottish Accordian Group' played to a large audience of over 90 on Friday evening. Much fun and toetapping ensured an enjoyable evening was had by all.

Saturday saw the fine weather continue for Gala Day itself, where a good crowd enjoyed basking in the sunshine. Chris Harvey opened the Gala with his usual mix of good humour, enthusiasm and impeccable manners. A 'Proper Gentleman' was the comment of the day.

Prior to the opening, a Family Fun Run took place through Fettercairn Estate. Everyone returned none the worse, pleased that they'd made it to the end in time for the Gala.

Various events were on offer during the day with several craft stalls for the adults while the local brownies and guides organised stalls geared mainly towards the youngsters' enjoyment. Bouncy Castles, Sumo Suits and Face Painting added to the fun.

It was good to see a return of the children's 'It's a Knockout' organised by the Fettercairn School Parent Council. A team from Fettercairn School won the day, but the competition was also enjoyed by pupils from Auchenblae, Luthermuir, Marykirk and Redmyre Schools as well as Dancezone International. Thanks to all for entering teams and making this an enjoyable event for both participants and spectators.

Dancezone International, the local dance school entertained an appreciative audience with their imaginative routines.

The Brownies and Guides gave the audience a taste of their new Centenary Dance 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes' and little magic was brought to the proceedings when the children were entertained by Derek the Magician.

The Brawest Bra Competition brought some fun to the proceeding with six entrants - five female and one brave male. Chris Harvey had the unenviable task of judging the competition, and with great difficulty Amanda Wilson's 'Baby on the Way' was declared the winner. 26.00 was raised for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Throughout the day a 7 ends bowling competition was played with an entry of 36. John McMillan, Fettercairn was the winner, with Jim Smith Edzell a worthy runner-up. Semi-finalists were Gordon Archibald, Edzell and John Gavin, Fettercairn.

Sustainance was provided by The Guild with teas etc in the Sports Pavilion and 'The Fettry Shoppie ran the Burger Stall.

The day culminated with a Duck Race from the Arch and thanks are due to Fettercairn Distillery for making sure there was enough water in the 'Archie Burn' on the day.

Rae Archibald, Montrose was the lucky winner with Alan Ingram, Fettercairn picking up 2nd Prize.

A huge amount of effort goes into Gala Week and there are just too many people to thank for their hard work. Suffice to say that each village organisation pulls out the stops and contributes towards the success of the week's events.

Their efforts are appreciated by the Gala Committee, not just for the the fact that over 2,300 was raised for the benefit of the village, but just as importantly for the fact that people are able to enjoy Gala Week and work together as a community.