Gala Committee needs members

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The chairman of St Cyrus Gala Day says this year’s event was a success, but has raised concerns that it may not go ahead in 2015.

Chairman of the gala, Grant Ritchie, is calling for people to come forward and join the committee.

He has expressed concern that if numbers do not increase, the gala may not happen next year.

He said: “St Cyrus Gala Day was well attended this year and, even though the weather tried its best to test the attendees’ staying power, I am delighted to say that Mother Nature never anticipated the good spirit of the local people.

“Although numbers were a little down on last year, early reports suggest it was successful again.

“My thanks to all who made the day what it was but especially my fellow committee members, who worked very hard as usual.

“Our committee of four members is too small to sustain the size of gala we currently run.

“We need another four to eight hands-on members to whom certain tasks can be delegated in the run up to, and during, the gala.

“Please make yourselves known to me as soon as possible to ensure the confirmation of St Cyrus Gala Day 2015.

“If you had a stall, you can send donations to Jackie or any committee member to ensure the longevity of the St Cyrus Gala.

“I would like to thank all those volunteers who assisted with erecting tents, as well as those who gave up their time to man the inflatables and other attractions.

“This was the first year of the water walkers and they proved to be a popular attraction with more than 100 turns on the balls in total.

“Thanks to John Harrison from Morphie Farms for his great efforts with the straw bales and water and to Ross Agri Services Ltd for their help with the bunting and car parking. Without the help of these local companies things would not run as smoothly as they do.

“As always thanks to Gavin Farquar, everybody involved with the ferrets and Archery and Brechin Young Farmers for lending us their tug o’ war rope for the day - it is always a crowd favourite.

“A big thank you to NGM Dancing and Esk Academy of Dance for their hardy nature and perseverance in fronting the weather and continuing with the show without batting an eyelid in testing circumstances. Well done.

“This year marked the last year of Helen, Bill and Doug running the burger stall and for all their work over the last years we are truly grateful.’’

To find out more information or to enquire about becoming a member of the St Cyrus Gala Day committee, telephone the chairman on 07944853750 or e-mail