13 June 2019
Last Saturday, we celebrated the East Linton Gala Day. The weather was inclement. Fortunately, the rain held off for the procession and the crowning of the Gala Day Queen but for the rest, it was wet.
Two things impressed me. Firstly, the number of young people who participated in the floats. There were impressive numbers from our youth organisations and the children in the Court carried out their duties happily and confidently despite the weather.
Secondly, the number of people who stayed around in the park despite the weather. The committee had rightly cancelled the outdoor stalls and bouncy castle but had secured an entertainer, a storyteller, a face painter … And a blues band played on!
Most of the Court came to Prestonkirk for the ‘Kirkin’ of the Gala Day Court’ and engaged fully in the service. Some of our members organised a bottle stall in the tea tent and raised almost £200 for the Gala Day Committee. A useful piece of community engagement.
It is very important for the parish church to participate in events like these not only because they benefit our young people but because we can show how willing we are to work alongside people within the community who value similar things and are working for the common good.
The Gala Day Committee are to be congratulated for their hard work and enterprise. Some of what they have done has been seen but a lot of what they do will be hidden for ever. There’s grace in that, service too and we are the beneficiaries of their warm-hearted generosity.