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2013 Cumbernauld Gala Day to be "the best ever", as Queen and Princesses are named

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:05 GMT on Monday, May 27th, 2013.

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2012 Gala Day crowning. Picture is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media. 

AS WE reported in February, the brains behind Cumbernauld’s biggest annual event are pulling together plans for this year’s town Gala Day.

In February, Cumbernauld Media revealed the date to be Saturday, July 13th, 2013, and now the organisers behind the annual gala have said that local residents should prepare to ‘save the day’ in their diaries – for what they will be hoping will be the biggest Gala Day yet.

Cumbernauld’s town Gala Day was previously run by the area’s District Council although the practise was killed off when North Lanarkshire Council preceded the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council. However, the area’s Gala Day was re-envisaged by the Cumbernauld Community Forum, in 2010. Meaning that this year’s event will be the fourth day organised by the town’s Forum.
Last year’s Gala Day saw Heather MacQueen of Cumbernauld High School crowned Queen, with more stalls, exhibits and visitors than the previous two events, according to the day’s organisers.
Last year’s event took place at Cumbernauld New Town Hall on Saturday 14th July, and this year’s date has been announced as Saturday 13th July, 2013, with planning for 2013 event well underway – and bookings being taken for stall holders, in addition to the announcement of the Gala Day Queen and Princesses – with them being three young ladies from Abronhill.

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It was announced last week that Princesses Megan Nicoll and Louise Stewart Wilson will assist Queen Amy O’Neill at the event which will kick off with the trademark procession, between Fleming House and Cumbernauld New Town; snaking between Cumbernauld town centre and North Carbrain road, in a parade of colour, pipes and music. 

Commenting, Forum chairman Billy Lees told the Cumbernauld News: “As far as we are concerned this is going to be the best gala day ever and thought that websites would be a good idea to promote it.’’

In an effort to further promote the event, the Gala Day’s organisers have started to gather a social media presence, with a Facebook page, and website, - where stall booking forms can be downloaded.

The town’s annual regatta will play host to a number of local groups – with the Community Forum itself representing over twenty local organisations. Although the town’s Gala Day isn’t the only such event, with Abronhill, Condorrat and Carbrain all holding individual Gala Days, separate of the main Gala Day event. 

The event is being held in support of the See Me campaign which has been working with the town’s forum and aims to remove the stigma from mental health issues. Meanwhile, the annual Gala Day is supported by partners Cumbernauld College, NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council, and Sanctuary Cumbernauld. 

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