Jel­ly­fish lead Lochranza gala

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A long pro­ces­sion led by the Isle of Ar­ran Pipe Band and the um­brella jel­ly­fish chil­dren snakes its way into the the grounds of the vil­lage hall at the start of the re­vived Lochranza gala week­end which proved a big suc­cess.

Af­ter more than 20 years the Lochranza gala week­end has been re­vived and what a splen­did event it turned out to be, at­tract­ing big crowds to the events.

The skies may have been over­cast on Satur­day and rain was in the air as the long pa­rade, led by Sea Queen Abi Traill and Nep­ture Tony Ba­boolal snaked from the Lochranza Pier, picked up the Ar­ran Pipe Band at the cas­tle, and made its way to the vil­lage hall.

Sen­si­bly or­gan­is­ers had ar­ranged for the chil­dren to take part in a jel­ly­fish um­brella pa­rade and dozens of young­sters were dressed up with their dec­o­rated um­brel­las.

How­ever busy or­gan­is­ers, Holly Mur­doch, Lorna Lo­gan and Jess Kerr-Fearon, need not have wor­ried about the weather as af­ter a short shower, as the gala day was opened by the Sea Queen, it dried up for the events of the af­ter­noon.

The burger stall did a roar­ing trade and there were games and stalls in the hall where the pa­rade judg­ing took place with Beth Fearon win­ning first prize for the best cos­tume and um­brella.

There was also a dog show with a healthy en­try, chil­dren’s races – with the mums and dads get­ting in­volved too – and a live band of lo­cal mu­si­cians with Brian Mil­lar on lead vo­cals who could be heard across the vil­lage.

One of the high­lights of the pre­vi­ous gala days was the cart race on the cas­tle spit and this was re­vived this year as the Bo­gie McBoa­trace.

Five con­trap­tions took part in the timed event though an ob­sta­cle course where com­peti­tors were also pelted with wa­ter bombs.

The event was won by Gre­gor and Ewan Mor­ri­son. The af­ter­noon events con­cluded with a duck derby from the Golf Course Bridge to the doc­tor’s surgery.

At night there was the chance to dance away to the sounds of the ex­cel­lent Falkirk band Sound­cra­dle in the hall. And the week­end of fun con­tin­ued with a Texas Scram­ble held at Lochranza Golf Course, a chil­dren’s putting com­pe­ti­tion, a sausage siz­zle and other chil­dren’s events fol­lowed by the prize-giv­ing with the Sea Queen hand­ing out the prizes.

See our pic­ture spe­cial on pages 16 and 17.

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Sea Queen Abi Traill for­mally opens the gala day.

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The long pro­ces­sion be­hind the jel­ly­fish um­brella pa­rade.

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The Sea Queen and Nep­ture at the head of the pa­rade.

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