Published: 04/07/2012 11:00 - Updated: 04/07/2012 09:46

Spirits high as Lybster Gala reaches climax

There was a party atmosphere on board The Broons float.
There was a party atmosphere on board The Broons float.

POOR summer weather did little to dampen spirits as Lybster Gala took the village by storm.

Locals turned out in force at almost all of the events over the course of seven days to support the annual celebration.

Events got officially under way last Saturday with the crowning of the gala queen.

Despite a dull sky, there were bright smiles as former monarch Katie Taylor handed over the crown to Erin Nicolson, who was ably assisted by her attendants, Christy Ross and Danielle Campbell, flower girl Eilidh McPhee and pageboy Findlay Gunn.

Lots of youngsters, and more than a few adults, got right into the spirit of the gala by donning fancy dress for the opening ceremony.

Everything from Lybster pirates to Olympic torches were seen strutting around the village while the two floats – one which took inspiration from The Broons and the other from Sister Act – brought more than a few laughs.

A tremendous amount of fun was had over the week, according to Lybster Gala committee chairwoman Joanne Smith.

"This year was Lybster’s 57th annual gala and, despite the adverse weather, the main street was awash with kids and adults in fancy dress supporting our annual event last Saturday," she said.

"The two floats made a fantastic effort and we noticed bigger numbers than ever attending the week’s events."

The float inspired by Sister Act.
The float inspired by Sister Act.

Before the hilarity hit the village at night, there was a pet show – sponsored and judged by Nicky Gunn – in the morning, which received a great response.

The footway to Lybster’s medical centre, meanwhile, played host to a pavement drawing competition last Monday night which drew 21 participants of all ages. Creative talent was unleashed in chalk, lighting up the path with pastel-coloured pictures of everything from Donald Duck and ponies to The Simpsons and sunny scenes.

More sunshine was seen last Tuesday as proud parents beamed at the bonnie baby show which had 15 children turning up through the day.

Then it was straight into Nostalgia Night when the hall was opened for a viewing of pictures and video footage of Lybster over the years.

On Friday, local legend and one-man-band Mr Boom – aka the county’s own Andy Munro – gave a live interactive show in the hall which was sponsored by Andrew Polson. It appealed as much to the local children as it did rekindle fond memories for the older generation.

On Saturday, the fun kicked off all over

Gala Queen Erin Nicholson (centre) with her attendants, Christy Ross and Danielle Campbell, flower girl Eilidh McPhee and pageboy Findlay Gunn.
Gala Queen Erin Nicholson (centre) with her attendants, Christy Ross and Danielle Campbell, flower girl Eilidh McPhee and pageboy Findlay Gunn.

 again as youngsters enjoyed a fun afternoon and some Fairy Liquid five-a-side football with teams taking on each other as well as 20 litres of washing-up liquid as they scrambled to score on a slippery plastic pitch.

To bring the day to a close there was a local derby football match between Lybster and Dunbeath before the teams hit the showers in anticipation of a night of country and rock with live music from Wick-based band The Chicken Pickers.

They raised the roof with 175 attending. "It made for a great night to end a great week," said Joanne.

She is grateful to everyone who took part in the week – from the volunteers and those who decorated floats and dressed up to be foot collectors, to the local businesses and those who sponsored events.

"We hope everyone has enjoyed the week’s entertainment," she said.

Youngsters took on each other and washing-up liquid in the Fairy Liquid five-a-side football.
Youngsters took on each other and washing-up liquid in the Fairy Liquid five-a-side football.

"The funds raised will help maintain the village hall and help us provide a wide and varied calendar of events in the future."

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