Sun shines down on a grand gala day

Linlithgow Gala Day Queen Dominque Delahunty with chief lady in waiting Alice Henderson and Crowner Mrs Christie Adair.
Linlithgow Gala Day Queen Dominque Delahunty with chief lady in waiting Alice Henderson and Crowner Mrs Christie Adair.
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Not a thing went wrong and the kids were wonderful!

That was the verdict of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Gala day chairwoman Evelyn Kidd after Saturday’s event.

She was full of praise for the people who made the gala day a success and there was no doubt that the good weather played a big part in the enjoyment.

Evelyn explained: “The weather was great and The Peel is a beautiful setting.

‘‘It couldn’t have been better. All the organisation clicked into place, I was so pleased.”

Eight bands took part in the parade and Evelyn has already made bookings for next year, taking no chances of calls on their time by other gala events.

The floats were also well presented with the schools having put in a lot of work, said Evelyn.

The crowning lady was Christine Adair, wife of Marches Provost Jack Adair, a traditional appointment in the Provost’s last year.

Christine was a graceful and popular choice to crown Queen Dominque Delahunty.

The Queen and her retinue later visited St Michael’s Hospital and residents in sheltered housing developments to the delight of patients and residents.

Two rock bands and a disco had the young and young at heart dancing away at The Peel and the celebrations extended well into the evening.

Evelyn Kidd has been serving on the committee for 26 years, 10 of these as chairwoman, contributing to the success of the gala day. But she insists this is only possible with a band of great helpers.

Evelyn said: “We have a committee of only 14 and they are very hard-working, they have to be. We also appreciate the support of local clubs and businesses.

“All the organisation and work is worthwhile when the day is a success.

‘‘The Queen and all the children in the court are wonderful; in fact they’re wee stars and the community give great support as well.”