Festival week 10-17June 2016

In June every year, Bridge of Weir's Festival Week commences with the Gala Day Parade, through the village's main thoroughfare to the Playing Fields, where a day of festivities is held.

There are games and displays, there is music and food, the sort of events that are the mark of summer fairs all over the country. Many people spend a lot of time in the weeks and months leading up to the event making costumes, creating decorations, rehearsing displays and so much more. Shopkeepers dress their windows, and the village pub, cafes, restaurants, shops and other businesses all play a part.

And there is the crowning of the Gala Queen, a feature of many summer fairs. The three pictures on the right were taken during the selection of this year's Gala Queen, Paige Galbraith, and attendants Milla Gibson and Aimee McGrane. You can find out more about previous Bridge of Weir Gala Queens on our Archive page.

The pictrure at the top of this column is of a previous Gryffe Voices choral evening at Freeland Church. Thanks to Alan Gilmour for the photo.