Thousands bring a little sunshine to Leith

Molly O'Kane, 4, celebrates Leith Gala Day. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Molly O'Kane, 4, celebrates Leith Gala Day. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Thousands of people descended upon Leith for its annual gala day.

From stalls selling street food and confectionary, to face painting and pony rides, there was something for everyone as the sun broke through the clouds and showers of rain on Saturday.

Thousands turned out to celebrate Leith Gala Day. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Thousands turned out to celebrate Leith Gala Day. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

This year, guests were also treated to a selection of live music, before the traditional pageant took place.

Local councillor Gordon Munro told of how he has seen the festival “grow year after year”.

He said: “The turnout this year was great, I think we had about 10,000 people attend.

“The gala day has something for everyone’s tastes, and it’s often an event people use to catch up with people they haven’t seen in years.

Sunshine on Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Sunshine on Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

“There’s a real sense of community spirit.”

The traditional gala day pageant features groups from the local community, who aim to make the Links a “bright, colourful and not forgetting noisy big day out”.

They strut down Leith Links in fancy dress, singing songs and waving to their friends.

Councillor Munro added: “People come back year after year due to the range of shows and music entertainment that’s on offer.

Fancy dress fun. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Fancy dress fun. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

“The home baking stall outside South Leith Parish Church is also legendary.”

The festival began at 10.30am and finished at 4.30pm.

Councillor Chas Booth who was among the crowds added: “It was a great atmosphere. It’s lovely to see everyone having a great time and getting involved in lots of conversation.”

Community spirit. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Community spirit. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

A chance to shine for the day. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

A chance to shine for the day. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Showing true community spirit in Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Showing true community spirit in Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Robin Ashford, 5, and Melodi Bryson, 5, all all smiles for Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

Robin Ashford, 5, and Melodi Bryson, 5, all all smiles for Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

The pageant is an annual attraction in Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

The pageant is an annual attraction in Leith. Pic: Lisa Ferguson