Gala Day was a real celebration in the town - and organisers are
delighted. It was especially pleasing when the forecast of rain for
Saturday proved wrong, allowing hundreds to enjoy the spectacle. Susan
Whiteman, of the gala organising committee, hailed the day as 'fabulous'.
And she said: "A lot of hard work and co-operation went into it. And we're
so relieved the heavy rain happened on Friday - and not on Maybole's
fantastic parade." There was a slight delay in the procession, due to the
late arrival of steel band, Caribba Stargazers. But it finally moved off
with Maybole Pipe Band leading the way from Carrick Academy to Glebe Park.
Next came the carriage carrying the town s royal couple. Hugh Henderson
was crowned King of Carrick by Cathy Jamieson MSP and Nicole Currie was
crowned Queen by Councillor Alan Murray. Both are both pupils of St
Cuthbert s Primary, and their attendants were Megan Hood of Cairn Primary,
and Lindsay Nixon and Kyle Faulds of Gardenrose Primary. Councillor Andy
Hill officially declared gala festivities under way. Cairn Primary was
judged best float with St Cuthbert's Primary runner-up and SAS third. Best
walking group was Gardenrose Primary, second were 1st Maybole Brownies,
third were the Tiddlers and Tadpoles toddlers group, with the Tiny Tots
playgroup highly commended.
the most difficult part of the day - judging the fancy dress. And this was
followed by a whole feast of entertainment which included Maybole Pipe
Band, Carrick Stompers line-dancers, Maybole Majorette and Dance School,
Aileen Robertson School of Highland Dancing, Caribba Stargazers steel
band, plus pop groups Haze, Fusion and Split Peas. Children were well
catered for by several performances by Uncle Billy, as well as races and a
tug of war competition as well as side shows and slides. Susan Whiteman,
who chairs Maybole Community Association, was pleased with the gala day
turn-out, and how things went in the run-up to it. She said: "Our service
at Crossraguel was a wonderful start to our gala week and we had great fun
at our team quiz night. "The pet show was very successful too, with lots
of people bringing along their pets and joining in the fun."
thanked everyone who took part in making sure the gala ran smoothly with
special thanks to local police, South Ayrshire Council, Carrick Round
Table, Mitchell and Struthers employees, Jim Bryan for his PA expertise,
Co-operative Funeralcare for their car, and Mr Shift It for all his help
in moving equipment.
Fancy dress: Under-5s - 1,Mermaid, Kayley Campbell; 2,
Zebras, Jordan Bell and Darra Murdoch; 3, Witches, Kieran Robb and Louisa
Davidson. 5-12 years - 1, Dice Brownies; 2, Blue Girl, Sophie Milligan,
Gardenrose Rainbow; 3, Moaning Myrtle, Caitlin Davidson. Adults - 1, Green
Girl, Becky Fleming, Gardenrose Rainbow; highly commended, Harry Potter,
Alison Davidson; highly commended, Rubik Cube, Laura Kiltie
Shops - 1, Rosebank; 2, Pickens; 3, McInnes. Group float -
1, Cairn Primary; 2, St Cuthbert's Primary; 3, SAS International. Walking
group/car float - 1, Gardenrose Primary; 2, 1st Maybole Brownies; 3,
Tiddlers and Tadpoles; highly commended, Tiny Tots Playgroup. Quiz night
winners - Carrick Sports Club.
Guinea pig - 1, Carrie, Zoe and Brodie Wallace with Pepper,
Pebbles and Pickles; 2, Alice, Simon and Robert Mackie with George.
Other caged pets - 1, Sam Matthews with Esrare (ferret); 2,
Nathan Davidson with Widget (polecat); 3, Charlie Purvis with Rosie
Cats - 1, Kerry McDowall with Bart; 2, Sharon Davey with
Charlie; 3 equal, Elizabeth Heath with Snowy and Louise Wilson with Kero.
Dogs: Eight-legged race -1, Finlay Henderson with Hector;
2, Hugh Hendeerson with Kylie; 3, Janine Kerr with Bonnie.
Best condition - 1, Kirsty Torbet with Bonnie (Cocker
Spaniel); 2, James Connell with Penny (Shitzu) 3, Ellis McDowall with
Rocco (West Highland Terrier).
Owner most like dog - 1, Ryan Murray with Misty (Lhasa Apsu);
2, Aileen Henderson with Hector (Australian Terrier); 3, Shirley Tweedie
with Cara (cross-breed).
Loudest bark - 1, Michelle McDowall with Alfie (Jack
Russell); 2, Finlay Henderson with Kylie (Australian Terrier); 3, W. Young
with Tigger (Cocker Spaniel).
Most worried - 1, Charlie Purvis with Jodie (cross-breed);
2, Louisa Davidson with Kizzie (Whippet); 3, Kirsty McDonald with Mac
1, Mr Scott, 67 Murray Gardens; highly commended - Mr
Paterson, 8 Roderick Lawson Terrace; Mr Stewart, 27 The Loaning; Mrs
Findlay, 28 The Loaning; Mr Garrick, 11 Fine View; E. Taylor, Flat 2A
Karate: best girl - Evan Eaglesham, best boy Conner Graham.
(Ayrshire Post June 2003)