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Basking in the sun; Cumbernauld Gala Day 2013 is best Gala yet

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 21:20 GMT on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013.

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Fun in the sun. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld  Media.

CUMBERNAULD New Town Hall was once again in party mode, last Saturday, as hundreds – if not thousands – of revellers turned out to soak up the sun at Cumbernauld Gala Day 2013.

With a packed programme, the Gala Day kicked off with Bill Penn playing country music, followed by the crowing of the Gala Queen; then, Indian belly dancers, dance group, Dance Vibez; jazz singer, Janine Capaldi; Ignite; folk and country band Amurnaidh; and, Nix.

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North Carbrain Road promotion. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld  Media.

Taken through the day by compere Stewart Coleman, audiences crowded North Carbrain Road as the colourful cavalcade marched from Fleming House, down Central Way, to the New Town Hall, in North Carbrain.

As well as being able to enjoy the noise of pipes, drums and horn salutes, attendees to the Gala Day were also able to enjoy a number of stalls, games, barbeques, live music and entertainment, as well as a fantastic café, put on by the team at Keep Calm Events, with materials provided by a number of sponsors, including Cumbernauld College, ASDA, and Tesco. 

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North Carbrain Road promotion. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld  Media.

With the weather clearly in the mid to high twenties, a number of individuals, couples and families enjoyed the day’s festivities, the biggest of which was the crowning of the Gala Queen.

This year’s Gala Queen and Princesses, all fifteen and pupils at Abronhill High School, were welcomed to the stage at noon, in a horse drawn carriage procession, which snaked from Fleming House to North Carbrain Road, accompanied by members of the Cumbernauld Rotary Club, pipers, dancers, singers, and cadets from the 2496 (Cumbernauld) Squadron, Air Training Corps.

Marched onto the stage, Cumbernauld Community Forum Chairman, Billy Lees handed the baton over to the retiring Brian Connel, Chief Inspector (Support) Lanarkshire Division, who duly crowned Queen, Amy O’Neill, who was centre-stage, alongside princesses Megan Nicoll and Louise Stewart Wilson.

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Brian Connel and Queen O'Neill. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld  Media.

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This year’s Gala Day is the fourth ever Gala Day after the original regatta was dropped from the Cumbernauld calendar, with the newly refreshed Gala being organised by the Cumbernauld Community Forum and Cumbernauld Rotary Club, alongside sponsors Sanctuary Cumbernauld, Scottish Water Horizons, North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Cumbernauld College, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, See Me, and Cumbernauld Rotary Club.

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This year's event supported the 'See Me' campaign. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld  Media.

“We couldn't have asked for better weather and our new Gala Queen and Princesses were looking great,” a spokesperson for Cumbernauld Gala Day reflected on Facebook.

“Thanks also to Cumbernauld Community Forum and Cumbernauld Rotary Club for the huge amount of time and effort they put into planning and organising the event over the last several months; and to our event sponsors Sanctuary Cumbernauld, Scottish Water Horizons, North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Cumbernauld College, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, See Me, and again Cumbernauld Rotary Club, without whose support we couldn't have delivered the event.”

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Family fun. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld  Media.

Last year organisers of the event told Cumbernauld Media that they felt the 2012 event was the biggest and best ever, with Forum Chair, Billy Lees, saying a couple of months ago that he wanted to make Saturday’s Gala the biggest Gala Day.

However, the Gala Day Facebook spokesperson added: “We'll be reviewing the day to establish what went well and what could possibly be done differently to make next year's Cumbernauld Gala Day event bigger and better.”

13-07-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - Cumbernauld Gala Day, 2013, at Cumbernauld New Town Hall; crowned Queen and Princesses.
Queen and Princesses. Picture: Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld  Media.

Talking to Cumbernauld Media after her crowning, Gala Queen, Amy O’Neill said: “It feels amazing to have been this year’s Gala Queen; it’s a great opportunity, and the Gala Day was absolutely wonderful, with the warm weather and the fantastic amount of people who turned out to enjoy the Gala Day.”

When asked what her advice to any future Gala Day Queen would be, the teenager said: “I would simply tell any future Gala Queen to ‘be yourself’; it’s as simple as that.”

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