Rhu and Shandon gearing up for gala day

Rhu and Shandon Gala this Saturday (June 14) promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Rhu_Primary_2_Gala_2014 Queen and Princesses
A royal line-up: from left to right, Gala Queen Amelia Qureshi, Princess Katy Clark and Princess Miranda Burnett.

And organisers are appealing for volunteers who can help on the day, perhaps at a stall or with tidying up

The annual parade leaves Rhu Marina at 12 noon and will be led by the Helensburgh and Lomond Pipers with the Gala Queen Amelia Qureshi and Princesses Katy Clark and Miranda Burnett travelling in a convertible kindly provided by Rory McKinley of Double Six Cars.

Everyone is welcome to join the procession and the children in fancy dress are always entertaining. HM Coastguard will bring up the rear of the parade.

The event will be opened at 12.30 followed by the crowning of the Gala Queen and judging of the under and over-fives fancy dress competitions.

A full programme of entertainment will take place in the main arena at Ardenconnel field in Rhu, including pipers, Claire Burns Dancers, SOS Fitness, sea cadets, a pony parade for Drumfork Farm, a bonny baby contest for under-twos, the ever popular family races and a tug o’ war to compete for the Challenge Shield donated by the Rhu Inn.

The fun family dog show starts at 12.45 with 10 classes to be judged by Mrs Jean Fairlie before the Grand Doggie Parade and judging of best in show in the main arena at 3.30.

Helensburgh Fire Brigade and the Northern Diving Unit Bomb Disposal Squad will be in attendance along with the HMS Neptune Band.

Winnign designs: poster competition runner-up Sydney Bungard, winner Rachael Hughes and runner-up Daisy Chown
Winnign designs: poster competition runner-up Sydney Bungard, winner Rachael Hughes and runner-up Daisy Chown

There are numerous activities to keep everyone entertained with the new attraction of a climbing wall and a new range of bouncy castles including an assault course, bungee run and fly on the wall.

There will be beat the goalie at both football and hockey, archery with the sea cadets, a coconut shy and hook the duck.

There is a small children’s play area, tombolas for all ages, face painting, a free to enter treasure hunt and a raffle draw.

Stalls selling cakes, plants, books and CDs, crafts, toys, bric-a-brac, clothes, cards, art and photography will be set up around the field.

The tea tent has been enlarged with plenty of covered space for a wee sit down and a sandwich or quiche, kindly donated by Waitrose, or a home-baked cake with your cup of tea – or perhaps you would prefer a burger, hot dog, popcorn or perhaps some strawberries in chocolate the chocolate fountain.

The Rhu Inn will be running the beer tent as usual if you fancy something stronger.

Entry is free and and all are welcome. There is limited disabled parking on the field and if travelling by car please park sensibly to ensure emergency access is kept open.

Anyone who is interested in helping should email Fiona@scottish-archaeology.com or see the ‘Save Our Rhu Bay’ Facebook page.