Revived village gala hopes to be a huge success

Plans are well underway for Cruden Bay Gala, which is being revived following an absence of several years from the summer calendar.

A small but dedicated committee decided to take on the task of reviving the popular event after it was felt the community would benefit from its return.

The new-look gala will be held at its traditional location of Mill Park in the village on Saturday, June 15, from 11am to 2pm.

And there will be a host of attractions throughout the day including a barbecue, stalls, a football tournament, face-painting, a tug o’war - with the Killie Challenge Cup up for grabs - wellie throwing, target golf, bouncy castle, big slide and HM Coastguard.

It is hoped that Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford will officially open the event, but that has still to be confirmed.

A spokesperson for the gala committee told the Buchanie: “Many years ago Cruden Bay was renowned for its gala. It was always held at Mill Park over a weekend in the summer and there was lots of things going on and lots of community groups involved.

“Some of the mums in the village had been speaking and we decided that it was about time to revive the gala. We saw other villages doing well and eventually we decided to take it upon ourselves to get the gala up and running again.

“The community association gave us some funds to kick-start our efforts and our aim this year is just to break even and have a base to work on for next year’s event.”

The committee only started making plans in February this year, but have been delighted with the response from the community.

“The Kilmarnock Arms Hotel and Cruden Bay Golf Club have been fantastic and have given us lots of support and the post office has also been very helpful. We’ve had lots of support which we are very grateful for,” they added.

The gala will kick-off with a childrens’ disco on June 14 from primary school-aged youngsters. The gala day itself will end with a Scottish Gala Night from 7.30pm to midnight in the village hall with stories, music and a community-run bar. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from Cruden Bay post office.