Fishy go­ings-on in Ar­dr­ishaig

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

The crowds came out to en­joy a fan­tas­tic Ar­dr­ishaig Gala week­end. Full story and pho­to­graphs

UN­DER low­er­ing grey skies, Ar­dr­ishaig Gala Day was a splash of vi­brant, colour­ful fun.

It is a well-worn phrase, but there was gen­uinely some­thing for every­one on a week­end when Ar­dr­ishaig once again proved com­mu­nity spirit is alive and well in Mid Ar­gyll.

The fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off on Fri­day July 21 with the un­der 30s ver­sus over 30s foot­ball match for the Andy Japp Memo­rial Tro­phy. Ar­dr­ishaig Pub­lic Hall hosted a Fri­day evening fam­ily disco, com­plete with face paint­ing, glit­ter tat­toos, chil­dren's raf­fle and, of course, the crowning of Ar­dr­ishaig Gala's royal fam­ily.

Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band not only led Satur­day's open­ing pa­rade, but took the lead in or­gan­is­ing the event for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year. As the young pipers and drum­mers marched from the pier, be­hind the band came roy­alty - gala queen Alysha John­ston and king Fin­lay Love, at­tended by gala princess Emily Craig and prince Cole Hous­ton.

Loch Fyne Sea An­gling Club was close be­hind with an imag­i­na­tive float ded­i­cated to all things marine - from mer­maids and lob­sters to King Nep­tune him­self.

Af­ter a royal ribbon cut­ting cer­e­mony, a big turnout of peo­ple thronged the fan­tas­tic range of stalls from lo­cal groups, while show rides kept the younger gala-go­ers amused.

Be­side Beat the Goalie and a climb­ing wall, vis­i­tors could ad­mire vin­tage MacBrayne buses and up-to-theminute rally cars. There was even a dis­play of Vespa scoot­ers for age­ing Mods to drool over.

Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band pro­vided mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment through­out with some crack­ing sets.

For any­one with the en­ergy, the Satur­day evening Gala Dance was a big suc­cess as Oban band Crackin' Craic had the pub­lic hall jump­ing.

Cather­ine Lang of Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band com­mit­tee said: 'From the foot­ball and the chil­dren's disco, it's been a great week­end. It was the busiest gala I've seen for a while and we're just de­lighted it's been such a suc­cess.'

She added: 'Thanks to every­one who came along to sup­port the gala day and to all the com­mit­tee and the par­ents of band mem­bers who put in so much work.'

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Win­ner of the best float com­pe­ti­tion was Loch Fyne Sea An­gling Club.

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Rais­ing money for the Mid Ar­gyll MS Cen­tre were, left to right, Charles Tighe, Alis­tair Dun­lop, Linda Tighe and Elaine Dun­lop.

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The royal fam­ily, from left, Prince Cole, Queen Alysha, King Fin­lay and princess Emily.

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Shiver me timbers. This pair of wannabee Johnny Depps are also known as Tim Smith and Ron­nie McGinty.

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Left: Coun­cil­lor Dougie Phi­land per­forms MC du­ties.

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Coun­cil­lors Dougie Phi­land, left, and Don­nie MacMil­lan, right, ap­plaud as the gala is opened.

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Vin­tage buses were a big at­trac­tion for peo­ple young and old.

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Not afraid to make had­dies of them­selves - Loch Fyne Sea An­gling Club mem­bers on their float, sup­plied by Gor­don Blair plant.

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Man­ning the Ar­gyll Talk­ing News­pa­pers stand were, from left, Robin Fin­lay, Moira Napier and Ian San­der­son.

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A big at­trac­tion - hand­ing out gifts and sweets for the fun of it while dressed as clowns were Ar­dr­ishaig’s Jes­sica McMul­lan, back right, and her daugh­ter Chelsey.

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Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band not only or­gan­ised the gala, but also led the open­ing pa­rade in im­pres­sive fash­ion.

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Mid Ar­gyll rally star Don­ald Bow­ness with his to­tally re­built Nova - due to make its ral­ly­ing de­but on the Sol­way coast in a few days.

Even a king needs a lit­tle fun, as Fin­lay Love demon­strates at the Guides and Brown­ies stand. 06_a30ardgala25

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Re­gal trans­port for Ar­dr­ishaig Gala roy­alty.

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A big pal for Ruby Dun­lop at the Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band stalls.

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The crowds came along to en­joy Ar­dr­ishaig Gala in dry con­di­tions - even if a lit­tle cloudy.

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Gala queen Anysha John­ston per­forms the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony.

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These mem­bers of Ar­gyll Road­run­ners came from Glas­gow in mem­ory of club founder Jim Nairn who died last year. From left, James Sned­don, pil­lion pas­sen­ger ‘Fitzy’ be­hind Brian McWil­liams and Neil Atkin­son.

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Ar­ran Robert­son from Ar­dr­ishaig with a new pal he won in the raf­fle.

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Gala Queen Alysha John­ston with proud ‘Queen Mum’ Vicky.

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Unique qual­ity gifts could be pe­rused at the Ar­dr­ishaig Craft Club stand.

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