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Isle of Whithorn Gala - Saturday 20th. August 2011 to Sunday 21st. August 2011


In 1987, Dr.Norman Robertson approached Marion Sunderland,at the time treasurer of the Community Council, stating that the W.B.S.C. was no longer able to run the Isle Regatta which included rowing ,swimming, and the famous Greasy Pole. He persuaded Marion, as a past winner of all 3 events, to take on the Regatta, which became the Gala Day.
Marion started from scratch, with no grants or sponsorship.
She personally went around local businesses including from memory, McWilliam Bros., Steam Packet, Queen's Arms, Martin Jolly Transport, and Ian Drape's who also gave the washing up liquid for the greasy pole for some years. Each of those businesses gave ,as asked ,£5, and there were probably one or two others.
The long defunct Garlieston Pipe Band entertained, as did a group of young Scottish Country Dancers from the Isle, including Anys Scoular, Hayley Gamble, Elizabeth and Margaret Flannigan and Claire Vance.
Marion was assisted by many Isle people, including her mother, Mrs. Marion Johnston, the retired Head Teacher of the Isle school, who rattled a collection can up and down the harbour to raise funds.
There were Gala dances on the Saturday night, but after several years at the helm Marion handed over the reins to others .The Gala has gone a long way!

On Saturday 20th. August 2011

The new Gala Committee for 2011 were very pleased with how the whole Gala weekend went!! Saturday kicked off with our parade from the harbour followed by our Queen, Samantha Saunders being crowned assisted by her attendant Charlotte Bell and King Logan McCrone. The Bonnie Baby, Fancy Dress and Pet show competitions were all well attended and the audience were treated to fantastic displays from Emma Louise dance Group and West Coast Stompers. The highlight of the day was the Falconry display which was highly commended and the birds of prey has people visiting them throughout the day. Douglas the Clown also joined us for the day keeping the children entertained with his magic tricks and balloon models. There was a variety of stalls to suit all ages, from kiddies lucky dips, bottle stalls, homemade Jewellery and our Friends of the Village Hall didn't disappoint us with their wonderful home baking! The weather just about held out for the day's events with the rain starting just as I final event It's a Knockout started, but it didn't dampen the event only added to the fun of it all..........with the added bonus of clearing the crowd at the end of the day!!!

Sunday kicked of with our DIY Raft Race which as always was jammed packed with usual fun and mayhem. The Kids who took part in the swimming and tyre races, all done really well and all events were overseen by our good friends PIRSAC who also gave us a great demonstration of their rescue skills. Buzz Lightyear dropped in to hello and posed for photos with the kids and there was a selection of stalls to keep the kids happy with face painting, bouncy castles and lots more. The Famous Greasy Pole had an amazing number of entries this year with additional prizes being given for the female who got the furthest and one for the most spectacular fall! The day's events finished with a Balloon Release letting off over 200 balloons and was a amazing sight to see.

With only 4 months to organise the Gala this year, the new Committee have done a fantastic job, preparations are already under way for fundraising events during the forthcoming year and the committee are all looking forward to planning next year's Gala and making it as successful as this year's!!!



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