Kyleakin Gala day to raise funds for new community minibus

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Last year’s gala day in Kyleakin

This year’s Kyleakin Gala Day will set the wheels in motion of an ambitious new fundraising drive in the south Skye village.

Organisers of the popular gala, which takes place on The Corran this Saturday (2nd July), are embarking on a campaign to purchase a community minibus for the benefit of the village’s various youth groups, sports teams, clubs, societies and organisations.

For the past 15 years the gala day’s profits have been donated to these groups to support their annual running costs or towards a specific event or project. But, after a consultation process, the volunteer gala day committee has agreed that from this year, all profits should go towards the minibus mission.

A dedicated community minibus group is to be formed and it will aim to emulate the success of a previous fundraising campaign in which the Kyleakin community raised tens of thousands of pounds – much of it via the gala day – towards the cost of the new village hall which opened in 2001.

Meanwhile, a packed programme of entertainment and fun for all the family is in store at his year’s gala which coincides with the first weekend of the school summer holidays.

It all kicks off with a marquee dance tonight (Friday) featuring music by popular west coast covers band, ‘The Fulltones’.

Saturday’s programme begins with the Skye Bridge 10k road race at midday while the gala day will be officially opened at 12.30pm by Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band, fresh from their successful showing at the European Pipe Band Championships at Forres last weekend.

On the field and in the marquee entertainment will include bouncy castles, inflatable slide and assault course, young Zumba dance group Char’s Stars, Highland dancers, face painting, ACE Target Sports and the emergency services. Cakey Pangs Bakehouse and a seafood bar will be among a host of stalls while soup and sandwiches and teas and baking will be provided in the Old School building courtesy of the ladies of Kyleakin SWRI.

The gala will be rounded off by a marquee dance on Saturday night with the Red Pine Timber Company, an eight-piece Americana band from Perth.

The Skye Bridge 10k is open to all runners over 16, and there will also be a shorter fun run. Entries are taken at the Kyleakin Community Hall from 10am.