THE ST Cyrus community has been praised for its collective “stiff upper lip” in turning out to support the village gala despite heavy rain.
Saturday’s inclement weather forced the organising committee to switch the main venue from the park to the village hall. Although some of the outside entertainments were cancelled, as many outdoor events as possible went ahead while stall-holders set up in the hall itself.
Gala committee chairman Grant Ritchie said it had become apparent by Thursday, during the annual Auld Boys v Young Lads football match, that the gala was unlikely to go ahead in the park.
He said: “We had to have a change of venue due to the weather and, although we had a few cancellations, the inside and outside events complemented each other. When it rained people went inside and had a look around the stalls.
“We had a couple of hundred through the door, maybe 300, and the hall was never empty.
“Everyone just got their heads down and got on with it and there was a good community atmosphere”.
Mr Ritchie added that although the event had run at a slight loss, most of the costs have been salvaged by the stall-holders, entertainers and public who turned out to offer their support.
He said: “Financially it wasn’t as good as it would have been had it been held at the park on a bigger scale, but it certainly wasn’t as much of a loss as it would have been had we cancelled it completely. We’re looking at a marginal loss.
“I’d like to thank everyone who attended for their ‘stiff upper lip’ and for their community spirit as well as all the stall-holders and all those who volunteered their time to help out.
“Local residents should also be thanked for their patience and tolerance as the last minute temporary parking arrangements were the streets around the hall. If we hadn’t got the facility of the village hall, then we’d have cancelled it and there was no way we could have put everyone in the usual field.”