Family fun beckons at the Longside Gala

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IT’S gala time at Longside!

Yes, we can’t believe the time has flown so quickly, but next weekend sees Longside Gala swing into action with a packed programme of events for all ages to enjoy.

The gala events kick off on Wednesday, May 16 with family games in the field from 6.30pm to 8pm, while the following day there will be the ever popular duck race at Cairngall Burn from 6.30pm to 8pm.

A concert will be held on Thursday, May 17 from 7pm to 10pm featuring the Garioch Blend dance band and Eddie Rose. Entry is £6 which includes raffle and refreshments. You can test your brain power with a family quiz night and disco which will be held on Friday, May 18, from 7pm til 12.30am.

The main events of the weekend kick-off on Saturday, May 19, with a parade from the car park at 12.45pm and the official opening, by Mr and Mrs D. Fowlie of Millhill, at 12.55pm.

There will be five-a-side football all afternoon, beginning at 1pm, while at the same time the netball gets underway as will a Tae Kwon Do demonstration in the main arena.

The Anne Buchan Dancers will be performing on the outdoor stage at 1.20pm, with the Topaz Belly Dancers taking to the stage at 1.30pm followed by the Caroline McGruther Highland Dancers at 1.45pm.

A pets parade will be held in the arena at 1.45pm, while Skip To The Beat display team will be wowing audiences with their skills at 2pm.

Back on the outdoor stage at 2.15pm will be the Anne Buchan Dancers, while the Guarana Drummers will be performing in the arena at 2.30pm.

If you fancy testing your fitness, then why not join in the Zumba fun with Rhonda Ferrier on the outdoor stage at 2.45pm, while Skip To The Beat will be back on stage at 3pm.

The Guarana Drummers will perform once again in the arena at 3.15pm, while the Topaz Belly Dancers will again entertain at 3.30pm, with more Zumba fun at 3.45pm. Prizegiving will take place at 4pm with the raffle also drawn at that time.

Throughout the day there will also be a tea tent, vintage cars and tractors in the field, Birds of Prey, bouncy castles and rides for the children, Bobby the Bus, a barbecue and ice-cream and the chance to test your skills on a JCB digger in aid of Willowbank

The Saturday fun will culminate in a special dance in the marquee, with music provided by Rock Solid and a disco, from 8.30pm til 12.30am. The dance is open to over 18s only, and tickets are available from Longside Social Club and Longside Shop.

The gala continues on Sunday, May 20, with a church service in the marquee from 10am til 11am, with the gala fun continuing at 1pm.

A magician will take to the stage at 2pm and 2.45pm, with the Topaz Belly Dancers strutting their stuff at 2.30pm.

A special talent show in the form of the L-Factor will be held in the tent from 2.30pm til 3.45pm, while the prizegiving and raffle will take place at 4pm.

Again, you can test your skills on the JCB throughout the day and enjoy the various stalls in the tent and field. There will be plenty of things for the kids to enjoy while there will also be a static car show sponsored by Duthie Motors.

A truck show will also be held on the Sunday and all are welcome to join in with entries taken from 12 noon.