Kyleakin sum­mer gala fun

The Oban Times - - News - Photographs by Sara Bain

FUN-LOV­ING fam­i­lies turned out in force on Satur­day to en­joy an af­ter­noon of en­ter­tain­ment at Kyleakin’s sum­mer gala, writes Sara Bain.

Now in its 20th year, the an­nual event was again an enor­mous hit with ev­ery­one en­joy­ing a di­verse ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off with the Skye Bridge Road Race at noon. Forty run­ners took part and race win­ners were Steven Wors­ley, In­ver­ness, and El­lie Buchan, Aberdeen.

The gala fun be­gan on the Cor­ran at 1pm and a packed pro­gramme of en­ter­tain­ment in­cluded mu­sic from Lochalsh Ju­nior Pipe Band and dis­plays by Char’s Stars Zumba Dancers and Highland dancers.

Chil­dren en­joyed the climb­ing wall, bouncy cas­tles, gi­ant games, face paint­ing, tug- of-war, tar­get sports, wheel of for­tune and a spot of Sumo wrestling. Let’s Cir­cus, brought to the gala by Sleat events pro­mot­ers SEALL, de­lighted the crowds with their jug­gling, ac­ro­bat­ics and cir­cus skills.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the emer­gency ser­vices gave out in­for­ma­tion and stalls sell­ing burg­ers, can­dyfloss, seafood, ice cream and re­fresh­ments went down a treat with gala-go­ers.

Lo­cal group The Full­tones played out the event in style at the evening gala dance.

Gala com­mit­tee vice chair­man Vicky Nis­bett said: ‘It was a great day and we’ve had some won­der­ful feed­back from peo­ple say­ing how much they en­joyed it.

‘Al­though the sun didn’t come out very of­ten, there were only a few light show­ers and a con­stant breeze meant there were no midges, which is al­ways a plus.

‘The com­mit­tee wishes to say a mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who made the gala hap­pen: the plan­ners and or­gan­is­ers; those who spend days set­ting up and clear­ing away; those who give their time to run stalls and at­trac­tions, pro­vide food and drinks; the vol­un­teers who keep ev­ery­one safe by stew­ard­ing and all the per­form­ers. We would also like to thank ev­ery­one who came along to en­joy the gala and sup­port our ef­forts to raise funds for our com­mu­nity minibus.’

Up and away on the climb­ing wall.

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Let’s Cir­cus was in town with Duncan MacInnes from SEALL.

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Th­ese young sib­lings en­joyed the face paint­ing.

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Left: Hav­ing a purr­fect time.

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One lit­tle girl has a go on the fire en­gine.

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Let’s Cir­cus at the gala.

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Fam­ily fun on the bouncy cas­tle.

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Three young gala- go­ers en­joy an ice- cream.

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