Nostalgia: Dressed to impress

Sandra Kelly winner of the 1-5 fancy dresss competition held during the Balerno Gala day

Sandra Kelly winner of the 1-5 fancy dresss competition held during the Balerno Gala day

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IT was a proud moment for the parents of these youngsters when they secured top prizes in their gala day fancy dress competition back in May 1968.

Young Sandra Kelly, from Dean Park Avenue – looking somewhat glum despite her success – took home first place in the event at the Balerno Gala Week for her “I’m Backing Britain” outfit, watched on by hundreds of supportive locals as she collected her prize.

Workers from Hall's on giant sausages for the Broxburn Gala Day in June 1982

Workers from Hall's on giant sausages for the Broxburn Gala Day in June 1982

Similar support and community spirit has been shown across the Lothians at such events throughout the decades, and that tradition will not be broken as Newtongrange celebrates its 100th gala day next
weekend.

Pictured here in 1959, it was local schoolchildren Alan Laing and Ellen Russell who stole the show in Newtongrange, proudly taking on the roles of king and queen for the historic event.

Newtongrange Gala Day hails back to July 10, 1913 when more than 1500 children took part in the event which brought the mining town to a standstill, closing shops and businesses to allow an uninterrupted community

celebration.

Newtongrange Gala Day - King Alan Laing and Queen Ellen Russell

Newtongrange Gala Day - King Alan Laing and Queen Ellen Russell

That feeling of community spirit is what has kept such events going over the years, as shown here at the Leith Gala Day in August 1972 when an estimated 6000 people took to the Links to soak in the atmosphere, as well as trips in a hot-air balloon. Other entertainment included a “knockout” challenge, taken on by teams from across the city.

In 1982, giant sausages were on the menu for travel instead of a hot air balloon as workers from Hall’s in Broxburn dressed up for the town’s annual celebration.

Miss Letheridge and Miss Brown take part in the Miners Gala Day mannequin parade in Holyrood Park Edinburgh

Miss Letheridge and Miss Brown take part in the Miners Gala Day mannequin parade in Holyrood Park Edinburgh

Locals gather at Leith Links for the Leith Gala day in August 1972. Trips in a hot-air balloon were available.

Locals gather at Leith Links for the Leith Gala day in August 1972. Trips in a hot-air balloon were available.