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Preparations are underway for 2011 Cumbernauld Gala Day

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Friday, 5th August, 2011.
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FINAL preparations for Cumbernauld's 2011 local Gala Day are underway.
At the Cumbernauld Community Forum's meeting on July 18th, the Forum's members decided that this year's Gala would take place this Saturday (6th August).
This year's event is the second year of the family fun day.
As the countdown to the event hits twenty-four hours, North Lanarkshire Council's Environmental Department have been busy cleaning the buildings and sweeping the paths and roads.
The event was splashed across Cumbernauld News' front page last week, after the announcement that a clash in North Lanarkshire Provost, Tom Curley's diary suggested that the famous face would not be able to attend the event, if a correction made swiftly to ensure the Councillor's presence at the event.
Billy Lees, Chair of the Cumbernauld Community Forum, the group in charge of organising the event commented on tomorrow's festivities: “This action-packed gala day has become a real festive occasion in Cumbernauld. We can promise this year will be even bigger and better than ever before.“
"We’ve got loads of brilliant performers plus games and activities for the whole family – with some extra surprises thrown in.’’

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The Gala day will take place between 11am and 5pm tomorrow afternoon, with a procession from Fleming House to the New Town Hall, at 11.15am.

This year's event was funded by a generous grant from Scottish Water's Horizons project. Commenting, Director, Donald MacBrayne said: “We’re delighted to continue supporting the Cumbernauld Gala Day.

“Our recycling plant at Deerdykes is part of the community, providing much needed local employment for residents of Cumbernauld, and we are glad to give something back by donating to events like this.”

Taking place at Cumbernauld's Link Centre and the New Town Hall, this year's event welcomes Sophie Hinshelwood as the Gala Queen and plus Gala Princesses, Bethany Towrish and Olivia McGlade.

Throughout the day a wide range of stalls and exhibitions will take place with Sophie’s coronation, as Gala Queen, taking place at 12 noon with Provost Tom Curley. Following the coronation will be a varied programme including live entertainment, dance and music, until the event end at 5pm.

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