Braving the elements

DEMONSTRATION: Some of the youngsters who contributed to the martial arts demonstrations in the main ring at the annual Forfar Gala Day on Sunday.
DEMONSTRATION: Some of the youngsters who contributed to the martial arts demonstrations in the main ring at the annual Forfar Gala Day on Sunday.

THE organisers of the annual Forfar Gala Week weren’t exactly blessed with the greatest of weather.

In a repeat of the previous weekend, the heavens opened in the lead-up to the main events.

And the deluge that hit the area meant that underfoot conditions in the Myre for the Saturday and Sunday events were rather messy to say the least.

But, undeterred the programme went ahead as planned, with a dog show and a car boot sale among the attractions on the Saturday.

The results from the companion dog show were as follows:-

Pedigree classes:-

Any variety puppy - Jayne Robertson, Forfar (Carlisle); Any variety toy/terrier/utility - J. Rouque, Burrelton (Barry); any variety hound/gun dog - Liana Phillip, by Dundee (Rana); any variety pastoral/working - E. Butterworth, Noranside (Chevette); best pedigree - Liana Phillip, by Dundee (Rana).

Novelty classes:-

Fancy dress - E. Butterworth, Noranside (Daimler); waggiest tail - Fiona Nicholson, Forfar (Angel); veteran - H. Wilkinson, Blairgowrie (Bracken); prettiest bitch - Liana Phillip, by Dundee (Rana); most handsome dog - Anne Liddell, Mintlaw (Troy); crossbreed puppy - Natasha Duckett, Forfar (James); best novelty - E. Butterworth, Noranside (Daimler); best in show - Liana Phillip, by Dundee (Rana).

Conditions improved considerably overhead for the Sunday, but there were still a number of really damp patches around the ground.

But that didn’t put off the many people who popped down to enjoy the main ring entertainment which included Forfar and District Pipe Band, the Liz Low Highland Dancers, TaeKwon-Do, kick-boxing and fire and rescue demonstrations.

The Celtic rock band Gleadraich also went down a treat with music lovers, as did the continental market, while there were a variety of stalls for people to visit and support.

The nearby Guide Hall played host to a FairTrade fashion show, while an outdoor service close to Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre, organised by by Forfar Action for Churches Together, was held at 4.30 pm.