Wind-hit Gala is finally good to go

Lenzie Gala Day, Olivia Rose Higgins , Millerneuk PSand Eva Luise Freer, Lenzie PS'7th June 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Lenzie Gala Day, Olivia Rose Higgins , Millerneuk PSand Eva Luise Freer, Lenzie PS'7th June 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

The abrupt cancellation of Lenzie Gala through safety fears about high winds could have been one of the biggest disappointments of summer.

But this Saturday all the bunting that has flown defiantly the length of Kirkintilloch Road since that depressing call-off day in June will finally come into its own.

Thanks to adroit organisation, and some luck, all of the entertainment that would have been presented back in June will be there at the rescheduled event on Saturday.

And far from the original programme being cut back there will be plenty of new stall-holders alongside the regulars.

Organisers Lenzie Community Council reckoned the August date was a better bet than a weekend in July, the main holiday month when many are away.

The later date has given them extra time to fine tune the programme.

It will also serve as a final treat for children before the end of the summer break and the return to school on Monday.

There’s no known risk of a repeat performance of the high winds that forced community councillors to scrap the event the first time around.

They’ d taken the difficult decision to disappoint scores of local families because the wind and rain forecast would have posed a basic safety risk.

Even if the weather hadn’t been as grim as forecast there was the lesser risk the event would be a rain-lashed washout.

Now the Lenzie Rugby Club venue appears set fair to be a real highlight of a summer officially rated the worst since records began.

As in previous years there will be a strong charity fundraising presence on the day, and the Marie Curie team will be serving in delicious home baking in the refreshments tent.

Meanwhile there will be some excellent raffle prizes from a draw that will benefit the Schiehallion Unit at the Sick Children’s Hospital.