Fishy goings-on in Ardrishaig
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.'
Winner of the best float competition was Loch Fyne Sea Angling Club.
Raising money for the Mid Argyll MS Centre were, left to right, Charles Tighe, Alistair Dunlop, Linda Tighe and Elaine Dunlop.
The royal family, from left, Prince Cole, Queen Alysha, King Finlay and princess Emily.
Shiver me timbers. This pair of wannabee Johnny Depps are also known as Tim Smith and Ronnie McGinty.
Left: Councillor Dougie Philand performs MC duties.
Councillors Dougie Philand, left, and Donnie MacMillan, right, applaud as the gala is opened.
Vintage buses were a big attraction for people young and old.
Not afraid to make haddies of themselves - Loch Fyne Sea Angling Club members on their float, supplied by Gordon Blair plant.
Manning the Argyll Talking Newspapers stand were, from left, Robin Finlay, Moira Napier and Ian Sanderson.
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.
Mid Argyll Pipe Band not only organised the gala, but also led the opening parade in impressive fashion.
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
Regal transport for Ardrishaig Gala royalty.
A big pal for Ruby Dunlop at the Mid Argyll Pipe Band stalls.
The crowds came along to enjoy Ardrishaig Gala in dry conditions - even if a little cloudy.
Gala queen Anysha Johnston performs the official opening ceremony.
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.
Arran Robertson from Ardrishaig with a new pal he won in the raffle.
Gala Queen Alysha Johnston with proud ‘Queen Mum’ Vicky.
Unique quality gifts could be perused at the Ardrishaig Craft Club stand.