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Fochabers gala weekend to return bigger and better


By Alan Beresford

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IT'S big and it's back – Fochabers gala weekend is set to make a welcome return after Covid forced a two-year break.

The ducks in the fountain game will be just one of many activities on offer as Fochabers gala makes a welcome return. Picture: Becky Saunderson
The ducks in the fountain game will be just one of many activities on offer as Fochabers gala makes a welcome return. Picture: Becky Saunderson

Festivities are due to kick off on Friday, July 29 when the gala tombola takes place in the Public Institute. Doors open at 7pm with eyes down half an hour later. Admission costs £2 plus the cost of books. Teas and coffees will be available, with those attending asked to bring their own cup.

On the evening there will be a raffle, the 300 Club draw and the crowning of the Gala VIPs Grace Daley and Adam Reid, both P7 pupils from Milne’s Primary School.

Saturday afternoon is a time for strawberry teas and children’s activities at Bellie Church hall and garden, running from 2pm to 3.30pm. In the evening, the focus switches back to the Public Institute and the Gala Quiz, doors opening at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Teams of up to six people are welcomed, with entrance priced at £2 a head. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle.

New for this year there will be horse racing at the institute.

Sunday between 1pm and 4pm will witness the centrepiece Gala in the Square.

Alongside live music and entertainment, the tractor rally will make a welcome return, as will the Jean Carr Challenge Hill Race which starts 1.15pm from the square.

A whole of other events and activities will be on offer, including ducks in the fountain, bowling, putting, cricket, a wheel of fortune, a barbecue and much, much more.

Motorists passing through the village during the gala afternoon are asked to drive slowly and take extra care at the Square area due to the number of people likely to be milling around.

For updates and more information, follow Fochabers Village Association Facebook page.


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