Ahoy, matey! It’s Barr gala day

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BARR village staged a tremendous Gala Day on Saturday with a nautical theme ensuring the appearance of pirates galore, writes Alistair Smith.

Even King Neptune and his mermaids put in an appearance as hundreds of visitors flocked to the village to enjoy a colourful and action-packed event.

Ayr Sea Cadets were on parade to provide a Guard of Honour for the Gala King and Queen as the pageant processed through the streets of the picturesque village, and a team from the RNLI was present in case any rescues were required to be made from the Stinchar River.

King and Queen for the year are primary 6 pupils Matthew Denham and Sandie McMillan, and they were attended by Chloe Beveridge.

After the parade, their coronation took place in the Village Hall, where they declared the Gala well and truly open. The Robinson Crusoe depiction by the Primary School and its infants just pipped the youth club’s Pirates of the Caribbean float for the first prize in the competition, with Upper Stinchar SWRI branch coming third with King Neptune and his mermaids.

Then it was on with the fun, with almost every area of Barr being used for a variety of attractions.

Once again, the climbing wall and pony rides proved to be a big hit with the youngsters, while older residents and visitors preferred a more relaxing approach by perusing the many stalls along the banks of the Gregg Burn, or by enjoying teas and home baking at the famous village tea room situated in the hall.

A hamburger and fries stall did a roaring trade throughout the day, which began earlier in the morning with the running of the traditional race over Auchensoul Fell.

The Girvan Fire Brigade once again attended to hose down the more enthusiastic youngsters – getting a soaking is always a big attraction on Gala Day! The local bowling club staged a target bowls competition and the putting green was converted into a crazy golf event. The mums and toddlers’ annual Duck race also took place down the river and raised some much needed funds for the group.

All in all it was a hectic day which ended with a football competition for the youngsters as a final energy-sapping exercise.

Community Association chairman Alastair Smith thanked everyone who had helped put the day together.

“It was a great success which was enjoyed by villagers and visitors alike.

“Once again, it put Barr on the map and let’s hope it will attract many more visitors to our area throughout the rest of the year.

“They’ll be made more than welcome.”