Mixed weather fails to dampen Longside Gala fun

Dr David Campbell with princesses Amy-Jay Rudgley and Rebecca Irvine and gala chairman Norman Smith
Dr David Campbell with princesses Amy-Jay Rudgley and Rebecca Irvine and gala chairman Norman Smith

Despite a mix of sunshine and rain, this year’s Longside Gala returned and proved to be just as popular as ever.

The four day event ran from Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17 and was held at the village’s Davidson Park.

The weekend of fun kicked off with the Duck Race at Cairngall Burn which always proves to be a huge hit with families.

This year was no exception with all 1,000 ducks sold before the race day.

Later in the evening a concert was held in Longside Parish Church Hall featuring the Garioch Blend dance band and Eddie Rose.

Friday’s activities included a family games night and disco in the marquee.

Saturday was the main Gala day and launched with a parade featuring Theatre Modo and the Mutiny Belly Dance Group.

The official opening was conducted by Dr David Campbell, and Amy-Jay Rudgley and Rebecca Irvine were crowned the 2015 Longside Gala Princesses.

After the opening ceremony was finished the fun really started with a five-a-side football tournament and a host of other events including Highland Dancing, bellydancing, Rhonda Ferrier’s Zumba Group, Skip 2 the Beat, the Guarana Street Band, a pets parade and Theatre Modo.

As well as all of that, there were vintage tractors and cars on display, the chance to meet birds of prey, bouncy castles and rides for the children, Zorbing balls, a climbing wall and children’s train.

Tribute act The Bloody Marys returned to the Longside Gala in the evening for the marquee dance.

The Gala came to an end on Sunday and finished off with football and netball tournaments, a raffle and prize bingo as well as various stalls.

There was also a static car show that was kindly sponsored by Duthie Motors.

Speaking afterwards, gala chairman and local councillor Norman Smith said: “There was mixed weather but the Saturday events got a big turnout.

“I was disappointed with the numbers attending the marquee dance but I think that is just the way these events are going these
days.

“The Bloody Marys were excellent despite the poor turnout, but those who did attend really enjoyed themselves and said it was a great blast from the past.”

He added: “I think we will be taking a long hard look at how future galas will be
organised.”