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Ron Bird of the Guarana Drummers holds a drumming workshop with local youngsters.

Ron Bird of the Guarana Drummers holds a drumming workshop with local youngsters.

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*Forfar’s Gala Day has been hailed as a success after the local community turned out to support Sunday’s event.

The afternoon’s packed programme at the Myre began with an official opening by Drew Christie, Commonwealth Games shooting silver medallist and included static vehicle exhibits, dancing displays, a kickboxing demonstration, fire demonstration by local firefighters, Zulu drumming, musical entertainment and stalls run by local community groups.

Jeanette Gaul, chairwoman of the Forfar Fairtrade Forum which organised the Gala Day, said the support from the community had made the committee’s and volunteers’ work worthwhile. She also said that the good weather had also helped to bring out the crowds.

She said: “It was supposed to be rain, rain and more rain but it wasn’t and that brought people out. Drew Christie opened the event and met lots of people who were happy to chat with him, which was really good, and 
we’re really pleased with the turnout.

“We can put in all the work to do something like this and hope that it’s going to be good on the day so people coming along and giving it their support was a highlight for me and for the committee who put in all the hard work to make sure it was a success.”