Sun shines on Heather

GALA DAY FUN: pictured  (back l- r) community forum chairman Billy Lees, MP Gregg McClymont, Mark Griffin MSP with (front, l-r) princess Heather Perrie, queen Heather MacQueen and princess Jenna Beth Meikle.
GALA DAY FUN: pictured (back l- r) community forum chairman Billy Lees, MP Gregg McClymont, Mark Griffin MSP with (front, l-r) princess Heather Perrie, queen Heather MacQueen and princess Jenna Beth Meikle.

CUMBERNAULD folk will tell you that it always rains at the Glasgow Fair - but an honourable exception was made for Cumbernauld Gala Day on Saturday!

For the most part rain stayed away - and this giant community effort by Cumbernauld Community Forum was a soaraway success amidst bursts of sunshine!

The event’s biggest ever parade kicked off the fun as it snaked its way round the town centre, led by the stirring sounds of Kilsyth Pipe Band and the royal party in an elegant horse-driven carriage.

Soon it was time for the ceremonial occasion of the coronation when purple-clad Cumbernauld Gala Day Queen Heather MacQueen was crowned by CCF Chairman Billy Lees.

Joining them were princesses Heather Perrie and Jenna Beth Meikle who were equally fetching in colourful cocktail frocks. All are pupils at Cumbernauld High School.

This year the event was officially opened by MP Gregg McClymont who said he wanted to pay a “broader tribute” to the town.

He said: “In the year that Cumbernauld won Scotland’s Civic Pride Award, I was delighted to open the Gala Day and see the Queen crowned. It’s great that the Gala Day is again a fixture in the Cumbernauld summer calendar.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers and organisers from across our community, led by Billy Lees, who did so much to make the Gala Day a success.”

Mr Lees singled out the royal party for praise, after they proved to be excellent ambassadors for the town - and thanked everyone who took part.

He said “The forum always aims to make this year’s event better than last years and I think we succeeded. I just hope that next year’s event is even better than this one.”

For more pictures see this week’s News and Chronicle dated Wednesday, July 18.

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