The Lochgelly Gala was another success for the Lochgelly Community Development Forum who worked hard to bring together many groups, individuals and businesses for a fantastic day.

At one point it looked set to rain but luckily the weather held out, and it got sunnier and warmer as the day went on, keeping peoples spirits high.

Lochgelly Gala - Fancy DressThe Gala kicked of with a fancy dress competition, held at the West End Park, and judged by Fife Constabulary. The winners were then driven in a Limousine as part of the parade.

The parade was larger than last year and featured a stunning float from the Minto Lounge with the truck provided by local recycling group, Recycle Fife. The Lochgelly Brass Band and Dunfermline Pipe Band provide the music and the majorettes took part alongside the Lochgelly Fire Station, Fife Scottish and the Lochgelly Albert Colts.

Lochgelly Gala - Street ParadeThe parade went down the main street this year, and there was a good turnout from the community, and many of the local shops made the effort to brighten up their shops and take part in the festive spirit.

Arriving at the Gala, there was a range of stalls, funfairs and activities on offer. The inflatable rides for the children were provided free once again and proved a popular attraction for many families with young children. Another popular attraction was the series of competitions held by the Lochgelly Community Wardens, winners of each event, and 2nd and 3rd places were given a medal.

I Love LochgellyAlso on offer was the ‘I Love Lochgelly’ bags that Fife Council were distributing for free as part of the Charrette, by the end of the day all the bags were gone. The design was chosen by the local community from the poll we held online and the voting that took place in the local office and local library.

The Lochgelly Library also had a display containing historical images and documents relating to the Happy Lands (and they distributed some copies of our magazines as well, thanks).

Other entertainment was provided by the Lochgelly Tae Kwon Do and the Zodiac dance group, as well as many others.

Lochgelly Gala - Dance GroupThere is many groups and individuals to be thanked for helping with the Gala, and we have been told the Lochgelly Community Development Forum will be publishing an article on their own website shortly, listing and thanking all those that took part. As soon as the article is available we will update this post to provide a link back to their site.

We had two volunteers capturing the days event and managed to get just over 500 photographs of the Gala. One set of images have already been published on our Facebook page, and will be featured on the site through the week. The other set has been published in our Lochgelly Galleries – Lochgelly Gala 2011.

Congratulations to the volunteers at the Lochgelly Community Development Forum and all those that took part and helped to make the day a glowing success for Lochgelly.

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  1. Lochgelly

    August 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    The music featured on the Slideshow is by Evynd Kang (featuring Mike Patton on vocals) and is titled ‘Innocent Eye, Crystal See’ and is from the album Virginal Coordinates. You can learn more about the artist and get their albums from:


  2. Teresa

    August 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Gala was great, the kids loved it! Thanks to all those who organised it and gave of their time. Well done! Shame that the shops didn’t make a wee bit more of an effort to put up a few balloons in front of their shops, how much does half a dozen balloons cost, makes it more cheery for the bairns. Loved the float, well done them for making the effort. The kids looked great also in their fancy-dress costumes. Two years now up and running, lets hope it goes from strength to strength, give our kids a day to enjoy. Cheers.


    • jim mcmanus

      October 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      I believe that there was not too much support from local shops for this day, however, we have two shops in the town and both were decorated for the day. Also happy to say that both our shops have charity jars for people to donate their loose change, and both of these are for Lochgelly gala day.
      We also opened both shops on that day, although they would normally be closed om a Sunday.
      Let’s see what happens next year!


      • Teresa

        October 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        Yes, I should have said that there was 3/4 shops who did make the effort, putting up balloons and decorating the fronts. It was nice to see, and appreciated. Makes for a more festive atmosphere. Looking forward to next year!


  3. Name (required) Jackie

    August 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Glad that we were able to help the Gala and take part in the float!! Havent seen the pics yet but I’m sure our truck looked great!!!


    • Lochgelly

      August 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      I’ll send you some pictures 😉


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