Sun shines and Hatton enjoys a Gala day

The pets competition proved popular.
The pets competition proved popular.

Organisers of Hatton Gala feared the worst when early morning rain threatened to put a damper on their big day.

But to their relief it dried up and by the start of the galaon Sunday afternoon the sun was shining brightly.

The Gala mascot in good form.

The Gala mascot in good form.

The parade set off at 1pm, led by the Ellon Pipe Band followed by the Gala Queen’s float, the Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, surprise guest Dave the Minion and Circo Modo’s spectacular 
stilt walkers.

The crowds cheered and followed them into the playing field where the Gala Queen Elaine Murray, with the support of her attendant Kayla Proud and the Gala Prince Kia Buchan, officially 
opened the event.

Organiser Michelle Beacom said: “Everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon and all the various attractions 
on offer.

“So many people helped make the day happen, from the volunteers setting up and/or manning the stalls, everyone who donated goods, the amazingly-talented entertainers, the runners, the sponsors, and of course all the people who came along to give the Gala one of its best ever turnouts.

Clowns on stilts, left to right -  Ellie Moore, Robert MacNeil, Megan Buchan.

Clowns on stilts, left to right - Ellie Moore, Robert MacNeil, Megan Buchan.

“From soggy beginnings to the sunburnt end, the day was a huge success and the organisers would like to thank everyone who helped 
make it happen.”

Entertainment was provided by Jenny’s Shoogle Shimmy, Sylvia Daziel School of Dance, Nae Cash supported by the Occasional Music Group, Mutiny Tribal Bellydancers and a closing performance from the Ellon Pipe Band.

The Hatton Gala 10k Fun Run returned for its second year. The first man across the finish line was Edward 
Fernandes and the first women was 
Leigh Strachan.