Category Archives: Blantyre Summer Gala

Fun in the Sun

Gala countdown2Met office are telling us the Blantyre weather has to be fine, warm with prolonged sunny spells this Friday, Saturday AND Sunday! Yeeha! How brilliant is that! Guests coming along should prepare by dressing appropriately and putting on suncream.

Marquees as rain shelters will be there to provide cover in any unexpected showers. For once though, this Gala Weekend is shaping up to have weather FINALLY on our side!

Comedian on Gala Stage

Gala countdown1Comedian Rosco McClelland on stage

With just 2 days left to go until the Gala Weekend starts, there’s 4 days until Gala Day itself. Just one of the amazing acts live on stage on Sunday will be Blantyre’s very own comedian, Rosco McClelland, there to tickle our funny bones. Who’s up for a refreshment in the beer tent in the sun and having a laugh then?! Entry is FREE!

Blantyre Gala Day is this Sunday from midday until 5pm at Stonefield Public Park.

Limo Treat for Royal Kids

Gala countdown1This is what makes Blantyre such a great community! Within 1 hour of posting online, Alastair Blue and Nicole Love and their business, The Party Hut, had kindly offered to sponsor the Royal Kids by providing a stretch limo to run them to the Gala Day this Sunday. What a treat!!

There’s just 3 days until the Gala Weekend starts and just 5 days to go until the lucky 8 children chosen for this years gala day royal party get pampered for the afternoon!

Further Information for Parents and Guardians of the 8 Royal Gala Kids

Date: The Gala Day is Sunday 10th June 2018

  1. The 4 girls have an added treat in being able to get their hair done in a professional salon, offered kindly Devine Hair by Jade Devine.
    Parents can make arrangements now for the girls hair to be done on the Sunday morning before the event.
  2. All 8 children should be at the outside of the Miner’s Welfare at Calder Street (opposite Asda Car Park) for 11.25am.
  3. At 11.30am, all 8 children will be treated to an amazing limo ride to the Stonefield Public Park, first taking a slow 20 minute tour of Blantyre to ‘wave to their royal subjects’.
  4. The limo will arrive at Stonefield Public Park at the bottom of John Street (behind the sports centre around 11.50am)
  5. The 8 children can meet up with parents, friends and family at the park and enter at 12 midday along with everybody else coming along to the Gala.
  6. The 8 Royal children will be given Gala Robes for the day (on lease only) and will be crowned live on stage at 12.30 prompt.
  7. The kids will be given FREE wristbands for the inflatables and can use them unlimited all day, as well as goodie bags each to take home!
  8. Children should be smartly dressed. Parents may want to bring a change of clothes to let them run around in afterwards. After 12.30, the kids are free to join in all the festivities on site like everybody else

We’re hoping , like with previous years, the Gala Day Royal Experience is something parents and guardians can all be proud of and for the kids themselves to enjoy the day, looking back on it with fond memories for the rest of their lives.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in contact with us.

Blantyre Gala Weekend

4 days to go

It’s time for this year’s exciting Blantyre Gala with an incredible extravaganza of entertainment planned for all the family!

A three day event is planned this year, the most ambitious yet by organisers Blantyre Community Committee. Starting this Friday 8th June, a whole weekend of celebration for the community is set to take place in Stonefield Public Park, Low Blantyre on the grass parks behind the Sports Centre.

300 people will descend upon the park on Friday evening in Fancy dress from 7pm – 11pm for a fabulous 80’s Party with 80’s hits played by a superstar DJ. A fun over 18’s evening of dancing and refreshments from the beer tent is planned under a massive marquee.

The Gala continues on Saturday 9th June this time with fun for all the family. Blantyre’s Annual Music Festival, “Live Near Livvies” takes place from midday until 10pm with amazing live bands and artists on stage. A secondary acoustic tent will provide quieter music of different genres from solo artists in a more intimate setting for seated visitors.

With free entry for all, children can look forward to facepainting which will be entirely free all day, as well as an excellent arts and crafts tent. Wristbands will be available for  unlimited access for playing on a whole array of inflatables. With hot and cold food for sale and an exciting, large fairground also there the whole weekend, it makes for a fun day out! Visitors can also look forward to an outdoor Summer market with over 40 stalls selling a variety of items. On Saturday evening, visitors will be treated to an open air, licensed dance party until 10pm.

Gala Weekend spills over into a third day on Sunday 10th June rounding off with the Blantyre Gala Day. From midday until 5pm, with free entry, a superb fun day especially for children has been organised. The market will return, as will fairground rides. Eight lucky children will be crowned in the ‘royal’ party at 12.30.

Committee Secretary Paul Veverka added, “We’re very excited this year to have planned such a huge event. There’s truly something for everybody and with record funding, we’ve spent three times the amount we normally do, something guests are certainly going to notice to their benefit. We rely wholly on fundraising to pay for costs people may not immediately see, like insurance, stewards, fencing, lighting, flooring and first aid.”

Paul continued, “This year we’ve been fortunate to receive a generous grant from BIG Lottery, as well as appreciated local support from Family Shopper, Darcey Quigley & Co, Gavin Watson Printers and Hastie Cars including donations from individuals. This has enabled us to add rain shelters, dedicated toilets, better disabled facilities and access, a command station, freebies for children, cleaners and security. With good weather forecast, we’re hoping thousands of people attend the Gala Weekend and look forward to seeing you all”