Longside Gala Day 2015 Slideshow

In the midst of a four-day gala celebration, Amy-Jay Rudgley and Rebecca Irvine were crowned the 2015 Longside Gala Princesses.

Despite a mix of sunshine and rain, this year’s Gala Day in the village’s Davidson Park was well supported.

Having a ball...the children had a blast at Longside Gala Day 2015 in Davidson Park (Pic by Neil Willox)

Having a ball...the children had a blast at Longside Gala Day 2015 in Davidson Park (Pic by Neil Willox)

In the run up to the main event, the annual duck race at Cairngall Burn was, as ever, a huge hit with families – with all 1,000 ducks sold before race day.

Later in the evening a concert was held in Longside Parish Church Hall featuring the Garioch Blend Dance Band and Eddie Rose.

Friday’s activities included a family games night and disco in the marquee, leading nicely into the main event on Saturday, which launched with a parade featuring Theatre Modo and the Mutiny Belly Dance Group.

Dr David Campbell conducted the official opening, after which Amy-Jay Rudgley and Rebecca Irvine were crowned Longside Gala Princesses.

Then the crowds enjoyed a feast of entertainment, including a five-a-side football tournament, Highland dancing, belly dancing, Rhonda Ferrier’s Zumba Group, Skip 2 the Beat, the Guarana Street Band, a pets parade and Theatre Modo.

Vintage tractors and cars were also on display and there was the chance to meet birds of prey and for wee ones to enjoy the bouncy castles, rides, Zorbing balls, a climbing wall and train.

Tribute act The Bloody Marys returned to the Longside Gala in the evening for the marquee dance.

The four day celebration culminated on Sunday with football and netball tournaments, a raffle and prize bingo, stalls and a static car show, kindly sponsored by Duthie Motors.

Gala chairman and local councillor Norman Smith said: “There was mixed weather but the Saturday events got a big turnout.

“I was disappointed with the numbers attending the marquee dance but I think that is just the way these events are going these days.

“The Bloody Marys were excellent, despite the poor turnout, and those who did attend really enjoyed themselves; they said it was a great blast from the past.”

However, he sounded a note of caution saying: “I think we will be taking a long hard look at how future galas will be organised.”

Freelance photographer Neil Willox was on hand to capture some of the gala day action and his pictures are featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by community hub deputy editor Julie Currie. Enjoy!!