The Isle of Whithorn
Saturday 10th. August 2013 at Boyach Crescent Playing Field.
at The Harbour.
Saturday 4th August 2012
12.30pm - Parade from Harbour
12.45pm - Crowning of the Queen
12.55pm - Best Float
1.10pm - Fancy Dress (Categories - under-5’s 5-8yrs; 8yrs & over; Adults)
1.30pm - Bonnie baby (Categories - 0-6mths; 6mths-12mths; 12-24mths)
1.45pm - Road Runner Children’s Entertainer
2.05pm - Emma Louise Dance Group
2:25pm - Jarrovian Gun Dog Display
2:55pm - Line Dancing Demo with West Coast Stompers
3:15pm - Pet Show
Categories: 1 -Best Pet (non dog)
2 - Best Small Dog (handled by 16 years and under)
3 - Best Medium Dog (handled by 16 years and under)
4 - Best Large Dog (handled by 16 years and under)
5 - Any dog (handled by over 16 years old)
6 - Most dog like its owner
7 - Best in Show
3:45pm - Tug o War (£5 per team of 5......Cash Prizes!!!!)
4.00pm - Raffle Draw
4.15pm - It’s a Knockout (£5 per team of 5......Cash Prizes!!!!!)
PLUS: Douglas the Clown, Bouncy Castle, stalls, BBQ, Fire Brigade , Refreshments, Ice Cream and lot lots more!!!
Sunday 5th August 2012
12.30pm - Entry stall for DIY Raft Race contestants to enter their rafts.
1:00pm - DIY Raft Race
(Adult’s 1st Prize £50 & James McGuire Cup Race.
Junior 1st Prize £50 and cup!!! starts at “Ernie’s Beach” £5 per raft – All rafts MUST be Handmade and removed from the water after the day’s events. Rafts entering for the Junior Cup must ensure all team members are under the age of 16yrs)
Thank you for your cooperation
1.20pm - Swimming Race (Free to enter........Cash Prizes!!!)
1.30pm - Rowing Race (Free to enter........Cash Prizes!!!)
1:40pm - Tyre Race (Free to enter........Cash Prizes!!!)
2:00pm - PIRSAC Demo
2:10pm - Kids Team Balloon Race (Free to enter........Cash Prizes!!!)
2.30pm – Greasy Pole – £1 per person to enter - 1st prize £50!!
PLUS: Face Painting, Tattoos, Refreshments, BBQ and some fun characters will be joining us for the afternoon!!!
For any further information
Please contact Megan or Kay
Or find us on Facebook!
Our Gala Queen for 2012 is Jamie Kiltie
her attendants are Becky Kiltie and Jack Halls
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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