The roots of the word ‘gala’ are possibly of Old French or Italian origin. In 17th century France the word ‘galer’ meant ‘to make merry, and ’en gala’ referred to festive dress or attire.
At around the same period in Italy, the phrase ‘vestido de gala’ meant ‘robe of state’. So, perhaps the Gala Day tradition derives from the Old French ‘to make merry’, and the tradition of Gala Queens from the Italian robe of state?
If you have any photographs, old programmes, newspaper clippings or anything else relating to past Gala Days and Festival Weeks, please go to our 'contact us' page where you can find out how you could help us develop this website.
Here you can find out about previous Gala Queens and Attendants, past Gala Days and other events organised by the Festival Committee.
And you can help us too. If you've got any information about previous events, or photograhs or other memorabilia, please get in touch. Many people from Bridge of Weir have moved to other parts of the world, and probably others will in the future. But, thanks to the internet, through this page they will be able to revisit memories, perhaps get in touch with old friends, or simply make a comment.