Published: 26/07/2014 08:00 - Updated: 25/07/2014 10:22

Hopeman's 40th gala nears finale

Alex and Iris Cook with Lauren Caldwell with their giant crab sand sculpture.
Alex and Iris Cook with Lauren Caldwell with their giant crab sand sculpture.

HOPEMAN’S 40th Gala has been bathed in glorious sunshine.

And people from far and wide accepted the invitation issued by the village to “Come Awa In”.

Events come to a climax today (Saturday) with a morning orienteering event followed by an afternoon car boot sale and craft and flower show, before the 40th Gala draws to a close with the grand finale at the Marquee.

Gala chairman David Ball said: “Because the weather has been with us, it has been a fantastic week so far. All of the events have gone extremely well.

“It has been great to see so many people from Hopeman, as well as those from across Moray and from further afield, holidaying in the area.

“With it being the 40th Gala, the additional anniversary events have just been great. There is just a wonderful atmosphere in Hopeman and it’s been a huge success.”

The Ruby Gala got under way last Saturday, with the crowning of Gala Queen Freya Main and Princess Jade Rutter at the Marquee. A packed programme of events has since played out, with fun for all the family.

Mr Ball added: “Although the Gala itself has changed over the years, there are two things that have not: it could not happen without the commitment of a band of dedicated helpers, also it would surely not be successful without the whole-hearted support of villagers and others. Here’s to another 40 years!”

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