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Denny gala day to return for the first time in 14 years

Community councillor Sharon Tait joins pupils from St Patrick's Primary School in the Gala Park in Dunipace, where the event will take place on May 24

Community councillor Sharon Tait joins pupils from St Patrick's Primary School in the Gala Park in Dunipace, where the event will take place on May 24

 

It last took place in 2000, but thousands of Denny and Dunipace youngsters can look forward to the return of the local gala day, later this year.

The Falkirk Herald can reveal that plans are already at an advanced stage to revive it with a date set for this May.

Denny community council has been working alongside the local heritage society to bring back what was traditionally one of the biggest events of the year in the former burgh.

Community councillor Sharon Tait, who has been leading the event planning, said: “We want to take the gala day back to its roots, to create a day full of fun and entertainment for children. We also wanted to do something positive for the town.

“But for the event to be a success, we need volunteers and local business to come on board and help support us.”

Saturday, May 24, has been pencilled in as the day the gala day will return. It will take place at its traditional home in Herbertshire Castle Park in Dunipace - still known locally as the ‘Gala Park’.

The award-winning Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles Pipe Band has agreed to lead a procession of floats, and a series of inter-school sport competitions involving local primaries will take place.

A gala queen and page boy will be chosen, and it’s hoped that a parade of former gala queens will take place - if enough can be tracked down in advance of the day.

Sharon said: “To make the parade a success we are looking for majorettes, cheerleaders, any bands - brass, steel, carribean - and also for any vehicles for floats or just to take part in the parade.

“We are also looking for local clubs to participate in the gala itself by doing demonstrations, such as karate or dancing for example.”

Discussions to bring back the event have taken place intermittently since 2000, but it was a heritage society project begun last year to document previous gala days that proved the impetus. Members felt it would be an appropriate way to mark the society’s 10th anniversary.

The group is still on the look out for any old photographs or memorabilia people may have of gala days in the past, with a view to staging a public exhibition in the heritage rooms on May 24.

If you would like to volunteer, are interested in sponsoring the event, were or know a former gala queen, email Sharon on stephentait31@aol.com. or visit www.facebook.com/Denny-gala-2014.

 

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