Exclusive: Seven days until Blantyre’s Gala

Gala Day CountdownBlantyre is hosting their largest most exciting gala day in recent years. The Blantyre Community Committee have teamed up with the staff at the National Trust combining their events expertise, to host a spectacular gala day at David Livingstone Cente grounds on Saturday 27th June 2015.

The activities commence at 11am from Blantyre Miner’s Welfare in Calder Street where a large parade will walk down to the centre grounds. The Summer Colours Parade is open to everybody in Blantyre, is free and people are encouraged to come along dressed in bright colours. The parade will walk to music and children will be given streamers, balloons and flags for free. The parade will enter the David Livingstone Centre grounds with the Royal Pageant, a party of 8 lucky children who will be pampered on the day with limousines, hairstyles, robes and trophies before being crowned on the stage.

A Committee spokesperson told us, “This will be the most organised gala day of recent decades. A special effort has been put in to ensure both children and adults have plenty to do and see. We’ve addressed previous years feedback and will be providing hot food and drinks, ice cream, plenty of seats and tables, as well as decorating the grounds. An extensive range of activities are planned, including the fairground, live petting animals, face painting, inflatables, sports races, comedians, magicians, a DJ with music, dancers, singers and other activities. We’re bringing along a large Summer outdoor market and adults may be pleased to learn the event will be licensed with a large beer tent offering beers, spirits and wines!”

The Committee and the National Trust would like to thank various sponsors including Blantyre Asda, Young’s Funeral Directors, Dance Central, DM Hair & Beauty and of course all the individuals who have organised or volunteered to help on the day.

This fun, family event is scheduled to see the largest community event in Blantyre in recent years and is hoped to attract many thousands of people. The event runs from 11am until 5pm and entry is free.


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