Sun shines for Bridgend’s gala occasion

Gala day principals pose for the photographer.
Gala day principals pose for the photographer.

Months of careful planning ensured a successful - and dry - Bridgend gala day on Saturday.

‘‘Folk only got wet on the inside’’ quipped gala chairwoman Mary Ridd.

The village’s big day started with a pre-coronation procession around the village with a horse and carriage supplied by Andy Campbell of Blackridge and a vintage limousine from Collumbine’s Cars in Falkirk.

Gala queen Ellie McGinn was crowned by Debbie, wife of Councillor Martyn Day, and the event was rounded of with a brief speech of thanks from Provost Tom Kerr of West Lothian Council.

Added Mrs Ridd: ‘‘It was brilliant. There’s always a good turn-out for the village gala day and this was no exception.

‘‘All of the retinue put in an excellent performance and that made for an enjoyable event.

‘‘Fortunately, we were lucky with the weather and that always makes a difference.’’

Retinue principal characters: Queen, Ellie McGinn; chief lady, Carla Sorman; champion, Ken Laurie; ‘‘Caledonia’’, Heather Laurie; herald, David Lambie; crown-bearer, Christopher Boyd; sceptre-bearer, Jayden Lambie; fairy queen, Emma Sutherland; flower queen, Katelyn Morton; ex-queen, Courtney Kelly; ex-chief lady, Sarah Marr.

The hard-working committee will now draw breath before the annual general meeting to be held later this month.