Queen Lauren’s smile shines on gala day

CROWNING GLORY . . . gala queen Lauren McCluskey is crowned by 1988 gala queen Michelle Collins, With them are ladies-in-waiting Chantelle Quinn (left) and Elle McKean (second right), boys' champion Ben Brown (right) and master of ceremonies and local MYSP Jordan Linden. (Ref: 120623-01I).
CROWNING GLORY . . . gala queen Lauren McCluskey is crowned by 1988 gala queen Michelle Collins, With them are ladies-in-waiting Chantelle Quinn (left) and Elle McKean (second right), boys' champion Ben Brown (right) and master of ceremonies and local MYSP Jordan Linden. (Ref: 120623-01I).
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THE organisers of Viewpark’s first gala for 24 years have hailed the event as a huge success - and have already started planning for next year.

The rain which fell on the gala day park behind Burnhead District Hall on Saturday failed to dampen the enthusiasm of local people who turned out in force to support the event.

STARS . . . Queen Lauren McCluskey and Champion Ben Brown led the celebrations. (Ref 120623-01A)

STARS . . . Queen Lauren McCluskey and Champion Ben Brown led the celebrations. (Ref 120623-01A)

Pride of place on the day went to Tannochside Primary pupil Lauren McCluskey who was the gala day queen and was crowned by Michelle Collins, queen at the last gala in 1988.

Helping Lauren on her big day were ladies-in-waiting Elle McKean and Chantelle Quinn and boys’ champion Ben Brown.

The weather stayed dry for the parade, from Viewpark Community Education Centre to the gala day park, and although the subsequent rain meant that some stalls and dancing displays had to be cancelled, most of the programme still went ahead as planned.

This included face painting, inflatables, quad biking, Laser Quest, live music and sports coaching.

Organising committee secretary Sharon Swan said: “The day was just brilliant and everyone is already saying they are looking forward to next year.

“We were really worried about the weather beforehand but most things were able to go ahead and it was great that the hard work of everyone involved was rewarded by the community turning out in force.”