Bonny day out in Bonnybridge for children

BONNYBRIDGE. Duncan Stewart Memorial Park. BonnyFest.
BONNYBRIDGE. Duncan Stewart Memorial Park. BonnyFest.

The rain failed to dampen spirits at a village gala day held on Saturday.

‘Bonnyfest’ was held at the Duncan Stewart Memorial Park and attracted a good turn out despite the damp weather.

Hundreds of locals braved the rain to attend what was the first gala to be held in the village since 2002.

Provost Pat Reid and Falkirk mascot Fergus the Fox were among the well-kent faces at the event, which began at midday and finished around 5 p.m.

With fairground attractions and a variety of stalls, there was something for the whole family to enjoy.

A fire safety unit from Central Scotland Fire & Rescue Service proved to be a popular attraction, with officers handing out 250 free fire helmets to children.

The yellow headgear certainly proved useful in deflecting the worst ravages of the weather.

Meanwhile, 10-year-old singer Daniel Louis claimed first prize in the talent show, with bagpiper Amy Lowe (14) finishing a close second.

Among the stalls was one raising funds for nearby Strathcarron Hospice, as well as offerings from the local Rotary Club and the PDSA, an animal welfare charity.

Event organiser Chris Harley: “We’re pleased at how it went on the day. There was a good number of people there despite the weather.”

Maureen Thomson of Strathcarron Hospice added that she was delighted with the turnout.

She said: “The ladies and Rhys from the hospice shop would like to thank all who donated items for our stall at the Bonnyfest, and the people who braved the weather to come along and contributed to the grand total of £276.00 we collected.

“A special thank-you to Chris Harley and his committee for inviting us along, and to all who helped us set up our stall.’’