YOUNGSTERS will be given a sporting chance at this year’s Westerton Gala Day thanks to a Lottery boost.
The popular event – which will take place on Saturday September 8 – will have an Olympic theme and kicks off at 11.30am with a fun run.
The sporting theme continues throughout the day, with the Lottery award – just over £1,000 – helping to support a range of sporting try-outs and mini-competitions.
This year’s Gala Queen is Alana Heatherington, who will be joined by flower girls Rachel McDougal, Pip Peter, Megan Waterston, Rosa Ferguson, Trinity Murray and Mya Boyle.
Her parade – which will also include Olympic torch-bearer Jenna Speirs and will raise funds for Calum’s Cabin – will leave Wheatfield Road at noon. Everyone is invited to dress up in sporty attire or to represent a country and join the parade.
As well as the sports-themed events there will also be stalls and other activities taking place in and around Westerton Hall from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.
Returning for 2012 will be a seven-metre climbing tower, alongside a mobile ball cage provided by Glasgow charity StreetLinks.
Westerton Tennis Club will also host activities for kids and adults and Westerton Bowling Club will open its doors to non-members for the day.
To encourage people of all ages to take part in new activities there will be an Odds vs Evens competition running through the day, with everyone split into two teams by their house number.
Participants will win tokens for taking part in activities, with the team collecting the most tokens by the end of the day being declared the 2012 champions.
Organiser Scott Ferguson said; “Westerton Gala has always had great support from local people, and we’re delighted to get Lottery funding this year to help us add more to the day.
“We want to promote all the opportunities there are for people to take part in sport and physical activity locally – and would love to hear from any clubs or groups that want to be involved.”
The gala received its boost from the Big Lottery Fund 2014 Communities Fund.