Cash boost for gala days and the Marches

Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Children's Gala Day last year.
Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Children's Gala Day last year.

Gala days and festivals around the area will enjoy a bumper funding cash boost for this year’s events.

Linlithgow Marches and gala day and Winchburgh, Torphichen and Kirknewton events are all earmarked for more funds.

The news comes after West Lothian Council established a £150,000 Gala Days and Festivals Support Fund in February.

Each committee is awarded a share of the one-off lump sum based on their annual grant.

Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Gala Day will receive an extra £11,961 on top of its £3973 grant for this year, The Deacons Court has been awarded an additional £8286 on top of its 2017 grant of £2628, Winchburgh Gala Day will gain an extra £3,356 plus its £1064 grant, Kirknewton Gala Committee have been awarded £3356 on top its 2017 grant of £980 and Torphichen’s Gala Day will be given £1961 on top of its £622 grant for this year.

Each group has to confirm their acceptance of funding and provide an indication of what the additional cash will be used for by the end of the month.

Jim Carlin, Provost of the Deacons Court, said: “We’re very grateful to the council for this increase in funds this year.

“My understanding is the money has been earmarked for capital expenditure. We soon hope to conclude a deal for storage premises in Mill Road, Linlithgow Bridge.

“This would enable all the tables, trailers and other equipment to be under one roof.

“It will make such a difference to us around the two weeks of the civic festival.”

A Linlithgow Gala Day committee spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to find out about the additional disbursement from the council.

“This has come at the ideal time for us as we are about to invest a large part of our contingency fund in a refurbishment of the stage, so this takes the pressure off. It will also allow us more freedom to shape long term plans for the stage.

“Having said that, we have only just found out about the additional grant and I’m sure there will be lots of different ideas as to how to invest the money for the benefit of both the Gala Day and the town itself.”