Maybole Gala 2005
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Maybole’s gala day last Saturday turned out to a really great day. Although at one stage there was a slight threat of rain, it cleared and the afternoon was warm. This year there was no horse drawn carriage for the Royal couple as Maybole Pipe Band led the parade off from Carrick Academy to Glebe Park. Instead they rode in a limousine to Maybole Castle where they walked along with everyone else. They were followed by Maybole branch of the Royal British Legion and local dignitaries. There was only one float carrying the Peas but there were plenty of groups walking including Dalmellington Brass Band. The Coast Guard brought up the rear of the parade. Unfortunately, Councillor Andy Hill was unable to attend and had sent his apologies. South Ayrshire’s Provost, Gordon McKenzie, welcomed everyone to the gala day saying how pleased he was to be there. He then introduced the town’s new MP Sandra Osborne who officially opened the gala saying how impressed she was with the community spirit she had seen.

Then it was time for the coronation and William McJannet was crowned King of Carrick by Cathy Jamieson MSP and Katy Carlyle was crowned Queen of Carrick by Councillor Alan Murray. The new king and queen are P7 pupils at Gardenrose Primary. Their attendants were St Cuthbert’s pupils Chloe Simpson (Lady In Waiting) and Robert Mackie Cron (Crown Bearer); and Cairn pupils Demi Jess (Lady In Waiting) and Glen Torbitt (Crown Bearer). The hardest part of the afternoon for the special guests was judging the fancy dress and best group which was won by the Tiny Tots. See our separate list for all the results.

Afterwards there was a whole range of entertainment which included Maybole Pipe Band, Maybole Majorette and Dance School, Aileen Robertson School of Highland Dancing, Dalmellington Brass Band, and the Peas with their own brand of music. Children were well catered for by several performances by Uncle Billy, races and a tug of war competition as well as side shows and rides. Highlight was the Search and Rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet which flew over in a flypast then circled a few times to applause from the crowd. Could it be the Red Arrows next year?

The Association will certainly be trying to get them – so watch the local air space. Susan Whiteman, chair of the Association was pleased with the number of local people who took part in the gala and those who turned out to support it. She had a special word of thanks for the new members of the committee as well as the stalwarts who had assisted over a number of years. Susan 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, and Co-operative Funeralcare for their car. “A lot of hard work and co-operation went into the parade,” Susan said, “and we would like to express our appreciation to everyone." She added that this was her last gala and she would be taking a break from being involved.