re-enactmentAfter the success of last year where we introduced a central arena we seek to change things around a bit.

themeThe gala will start, as always, at the Academy for the fancy dress competition and parade. Having judged the fancy dress winners the formal procession will form up, headed by the magnificent Dollar Academy Pipe Band. The 94th Regiment of Foot will provide the Honour Guard.

 Our Guest of Honour will be Margaret MacAndrew from the Post Office and the theme for the fancy dress will be “MAIL” This year we had a tremendous response from both schools for the King and Queen. Our Guest of Honour drew the lucky names who are Archie Riddle and Daisy Wilton. Their attendants are Douglas Bates, Keir Buchanan, Anna Irvine and Samantha Johnston.

queen           guest          king

There will be the usual range of attractions for the children with the return of two bungee trampolines, a laser tag and large bouncy castle. We’ve managed to keep the price of wristbands at £10, lots of fun for all the kids.

The children’s races will take place in the arena. Parents please make sure your kids register early so they do not miss out. After registering keep an eye out for the races and cheer on all the kids, you’re allowed to be louder for your own kids!

Having performed at the Winter Festival, Dollar Dance will return to perform once again in the marquee.

tug of warThe Tug O War returns and anyone wishing to submit a team should contact Sarah Gwynne, preferably before the event but certainly early on the afternoon of the gala. We’ll run this over two sessions, subject to weather and how many teams we have. We’ll run the first rounds early in the day with the final towards the end of the gala.

94th Regiment of FootA new and very different group will help to entertain everyone this year. We have invited the 94th Regiment of Foot Living History Society to perform. They are a re-enactment group based on the period of the Napoleonic Wars period and they took part in the recent commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo. They’ll do some drill, advance to contact with charging with bayonets fixed, show off their equipment and fire their muskets. They’ll also have a small display area around the field. Fun for the kids as they “seek” to recruit them into the ranks (no shooting at this time) to learn a bit of drill, wear a uniform and being part of the noisy charge. Having been successfully recruited and trained I regret to say you still need to take your children away with you afterwards.

In the marquee will be the market and any enquiries to take a stall should be made to Susy Nimmo, You will need to have appropriate insurance and if your stall involves food you will need to submit, via Susy, the appropriate documentation required by Clackmannanshire Council. Having achieved all that, good practice in food handling and hygiene must be observed, council officials, may well be in attendance to monitor things.

timetableWithin the Civic Centre will be the bar offering the usual beers, wines and spirits and of course soft drinks. In the main hall will be teas and coffees with home baking. If you can help with some home baking please let Lynn know at Alongside will be the local arts group exhibition. Well worth a visit to see some excellent efforts by local artists with the opportunity to buy.

footballAround the field will be activities by local groups including side shows such as Splatt The Rat, Coconut Shy and Wet Sponge throwing at local celebrities.

The gala in the afternoon finishes off just after 4pm but don’t forget the Family Ceilidh will be in the marquee at night. Dancing will be led by Dollarfield Ceilidh Band and the bar will be open with dancing finishing at 11pm.

In the build up to the gala we’ll have the shop window display competition also following the MAIL theme.

Running the gala takes a lot of planning, a lot of work all of which is done by unpaid volunteers. It’s an interesting fact that the core group of volunteers all have families that have grown up and moved on but provide events that are very much family focused. We therefore, appeal to the community of Dollar to get involved and help plan and run these events as, at some point, the current organisers will move on to the next stage in their life so to keep the events going we need you to get involved. For all events we especially need people who can help with heavier work so if you can give a few hours before and after events please contact The gala costs quite a lot to run and we apply for grants which, when successful, helps to keep costs down. No funds are provided by Clackmannanshire Council. In fact, we have to pay to hire the Civic Centre and the Market Park to make it all happen. Therefore, to keep the gala successful we need the community of Dollar to come out and take part.

Come on down and enjoy a fun afternoon and evening on 2nd June.