RETURN OF THE KILMUN GALA
Written by Archie Fergusson on 24/07/2011
The last Kilmun Gala was held in 1994 and no one seems to know why it has been 17 years since this once popular event took place and if from the crowds that turned out today are any indication we don’t think we will ever have to wait too long again.
This years event held to raise funds for our armed forces and veterans with the Erskine Hospital and Help For Heroes as the beneficiaries and was held in beautiful sunshine at the stunningly scenic Graham’s Point.
Those that turned out for the Gala were treated to a real family event with Abigail’s artistic face painting and local wood crafts man Andy showing how artistic he could be with a chain saw and a log, the finished result a splendid carved Owl which was duly raffled to raise more funds.
Side stalls sold a variety of unique items such as hand crafted jewellery and hand painted stones with wonderful portrait of cats there was also fine oil painting and signed prints and lots of beautiful plants, there were even the most wonderful display of Kayaks of all shapes and sizes and information as to where you could learn this activity locally.
A stall laden with goodies donated by Cowal businesses for the grand raffle and tombola was a popular feature as was the ballon race stall with a helicopter ride in the offering for a lucky ticket holder there were also ballons involved in guess how many had been squeezed into a car which looked if it was to float away at any moment, a treasure hunt was also a popular attraction but by far one that attracted a lot of attention was Name The Bear. A very cute little Bear dressed in a Help For Heroes sailor suite who was really enjoying himself getting up to all kinds of mischie and at one point joined DJ Sammy from DCR in a spot of presenting (see our Photo page )
Over a hundred people Had a go at guessing his name with the lucky recipient getting to take him home.
There were also organised visits to Argyll Mausoleum which was specially opened for this event and for those who were lucky enough to get to go inside this historic building they could see for themselves as curator David explained the future plan for renovating this building steeped in the History of Argyll Back at Grahams Point the gala was visited by the most wondrous of sights with two visitors from the world of Fantasy Knights a nameless Knight dressed in battle armour with his female companion who once ensuring every one was safe fronm the evils of the underworld disappeared back into Fantasy Folk lore as quickly as they had appeared .
At the end of the event Kilmun Community Council treasurer Pete Shields announced that over £800 had been raised and there was more to come and that he and his fellow Councilers wished to thank every one who had contributed to making this such a wonderful day and of course big thanks to every one who attended.
Let’s all hope this will become a yearly event at Grahams Point, everyone from DCR really enjoyed the day and we would like to thank the Kilmun Community Council for inviting us and to all the many people who came to say hello at our roadshow-listen in during the next week when we will mention those folk who gave us theire details
Listen to Angie and RockTrish at 5.00pm on Monday evening as they stand in for Victor on TLLLVLBS and tell you of their adventures at the Return of the Kilmun Gala.
Have a look at what Kilmun Community are up to http://www.kilmuncc.co.uk/