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Locals delighted at Hopeman Gala return for the first time since Covid pandemic


By Abbie Duncan

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THE Hopeman Gala made a welcome return last week, with more than 40 events taking place over nine days.

'Taylor's Towers' created by Leo, Lucy and Lucas Taylor at the Sandcastle Competition. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
'Taylor's Towers' created by Leo, Lucy and Lucas Taylor at the Sandcastle Competition. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Chloe Sutherland, The Gala Queen, with the two Gala Princesses, Emma Fiske and Bella Robertson. Picture: Beth Taylor
Chloe Sutherland, The Gala Queen, with the two Gala Princesses, Emma Fiske and Bella Robertson. Picture: Beth Taylor

After two years of cancellations, locals were delighted to see popular community event make a comeback. Gala committee member Nici Row said: “I think after the pandemic everybody was ready for the gala to return this year.

Blae Gillies with her goose, Popcorn, who came 1st in the unusual category at the Pet Show along with another goose, named Versace. Picture: Beth Taylor
Blae Gillies with her goose, Popcorn, who came 1st in the unusual category at the Pet Show along with another goose, named Versace. Picture: Beth Taylor
Mr Men competing in the group event. Picture: Beth Taylor
Mr Men competing in the group event. Picture: Beth Taylor

“It went really really well, it was actually my first gala but talking to much more experienced people – they said it was one of the best attended galas for a long time.

“Everybody was absolutely delighted with the numbers of the crowds, the weather was fantastic and the committee are amazing. They are such a hard-working team and pulled everything together. “

Sarah Russell (right) and Jodie Brennan (left) with their bulldog, Kane, who came 2nd in the medium dog category. Picture: Beth Taylor
Sarah Russell (right) and Jodie Brennan (left) with their bulldog, Kane, who came 2nd in the medium dog category. Picture: Beth Taylor
Alice May with her mermaid sculpture at the Sandcastle Competition. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Alice May with her mermaid sculpture at the Sandcastle Competition. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

More than 40 different events took place over the nine day span, including the ever-popular sandcastle competition and fancy dress competition, plus several quizzes and discos.

Nici added: “The gala is a really positive thing for the community. Hopeman is an amazing place. We don’t have many people, but all the things that happen in the village are just absolutely amazing.”

People making their way towards the disco inside the Gala marquee. Picture: Beth Taylor
People making their way towards the disco inside the Gala marquee. Picture: Beth Taylor

MORE PICTURES BELOW

The Sandcastle Competition:

The Fancy Dress Competiton:

The Pet Show:

The Crowning of Hopeman Gala Royalty:


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