Hoolie defies the elements

Killearn Hoolie gala king and queen Callum Adolphus and Iona Sanderson open the event
Killearn Hoolie gala king and queen Callum Adolphus and Iona Sanderson open the event

KILLEARN’S first ever beer festival at The Old Mill at the beginning of June has been hailed as a phenomenal success this week by the organisers.

Despite the rainy weather everyone enjoyed the fortnight of fun, frolics and community camaraderie thanks to a fantastic line-up of events for the village Hoolie.

The ten casks of real ale may have been done by early evening but the sociable atmosphere continued into the night.

Next morning the elements were less kind - bringing torrential downpours to the 10k, 5k fun run and children’s races but competitors and organisers didn’t let it rain on their parade - the event went ahead as planned and was much enjoyed – if extremely soggy.

The KFC street football tournament attracted a dozen teams from throughout the village, the Rugby Club treasure hunt puzzled and entertained old and young alike, the tennis club, bridge club, local schools and nurseries, Cubs and Brownies all organised events throughout the week.

The following Saturday (June 16) the gala day opened with the gala king and queen leading a procession of beautiful vintage cars and the Strathendrick Pipe Band up through the village to a rather soggy Glebe.

As the weather was so dreich, as many attractions as possible were brought under cover - the nail bar, meerkat tombola, tea room, Hoolie market and the bar all did great business.

The ever-popular coconut shy, soak the parent - if they weren’t already wet enough - and beat the goalie persevered and did well.

The climbing wall was popular all afternoon despite the conditions and the quack commandos – ducks ‘herded’ by collie dogs – were in their element.

The final fling – the community dance in the marquee in the evening - was the party to top all parties with 350 casual-kilted lads and bonnie lasses dancing to Willow Moon from Bearsden and songstress Jill Jackson before the superb Skerryvore kicked up an absolute storm.

The young ‘RunRig-like’ nu-folk-rock outfit played two brilliant sets either side of the fundraising auction.

Killearn Hoolie operates under the Killearn Community Futures Company, a registered charity, and is grateful to all sponsors and supporters.