Crowds flock to Caol Gala Day

The Oban Times - - News -

MORE than £4,000 has been raised at this year’s Caol Gala.

The an­nual event saw more than 200 peo­ple flock to the Gaelic School in Caol on Satur­day June 24 to take part in the com­mu­nity event.

A to­tal of £4,207 was raised which will be put back into the pot for next year’s event.

Among the at­trac­tions were per­for­mances from cheer­lead­ing group Ben Nevis All­stars and High­land dancers, bon­nie baby and gala granny com­pe­ti­tions, raf­fles, a strong man com­pe­ti­tion and ap­pear­ances by the gala queen.

Kirsty Kyle, who helps or­gan­ise the event, told the Lochaber

Times this year’s event was a ‘huge suc­cess’.

She said: ‘The weather wasn’t great this year. We had to use sand­bags to hold the tents down. We thought one was go­ing to blow away at one point.’

All of Kirsty’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the gala day paid off as she was shocked to find out she was one of two Caol ladies to re­ceive the Davie McCook Caol Cit­i­zen­ship Award.

Long-time fundraiser Pamela Hendry was awarded the tro­phy jointly with Kirsty af­ter a com­mu­nity vote - the first time two peo­ple have been given the award.

Kirsty said: ‘I didn’t think it made sense to give me the award. Be­fore hand I was just think­ing it would be nice for some­one else in the com­mu­nity to get it. But when it was an­nounced it was re­ally emo­tional and such a lovely sur­prise.

‘The gala day or­gan­is­ers would like to thank Caol Cuts for do­ing the gala queen and at­ten­dants’ hair and McDon­ald Broth­ers for their flow­ers. We would also like to thank Sammy Cameron for driv­ing the cars, Fiona Wal­lace for run­ning the tea bar and all the vol­un­teers who helped.’

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Left: Asher John­ston, left, and Gre­gor Shearer en­joy an ice cream.

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Brooke Rob­son thought the gala day was a swing­ing suc­cess.

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Last year’s gala queen, Lau­ren MacDon­ald, left, presents El­lie Cameron with the shield.

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Ben Nevis All Stars.

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Ai­den MacPher­son, three, en­joys the bouncy cas­tle at the gala.

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Jane Young, cen­tre, presents Kirsty Kyle, left, and Pamela Hendry with the Davie McCook Cit­i­zen­ship award.

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Gala queen El­lie, right, gig­gles with her at­ten­dant Mil­lie Hen­der­son.

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Brodie Straden, 12, has a ride on the tea cups.

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High­land dancers per­form at the gala day.

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