Welcome to the 70th Gatehouse Gala!
It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of everyone on our Gala committee, to welcome you all – locals and visitors alike – to Gatehouse-of-Fleet Gala 2021.
In some ways, this is a Gala different from any other we have arranged previously. Not only has the spectre of Covid hung over our preparations these past few months, but the final programme is itself impacted by precautions such as they are at the moment and such as—we can’t be sure—they may or may not be at the time of the gala!
That said, many of you know by now that Gala week is a major event in the annual calendar of Gatehouse. The pride, pleasure and satisfaction the committee receives from presenting our gala and the enjoyment the community derives from the week’s activities, ensure it earns its place in that calendar .
Although our programme is a little simplified this year due to the precautions we have taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we are still proud that it contains a combination of both new ideas and proven favourites over the course of the eight days. As always, we try to provide something for everyone.
It would be remiss of me not to express my sincere thanks for the dedication, commitment and hard work of my committee. There’s a lot of preparation for such an event as this at the best of times, but this year it has been particularly challenging, so I am anxious to say thank-you to all the members for their unstinting support throughout the year. Of course, the success of our gala every year is also due to you, the wider community, tourists and residents alike. Each year, so many of you turn out to pull together, offering your time and expertise to ensure each gala is as memorable as the one before it.
I hope you all a lovely gala week and that we can enjoy good weather, and I look forward to seeing you at some point over the course of the eight days!
Sara-Leigh Cain, Chairperson.
Back row: Dave Hill, Mike Fairnie, Allison Fairnie, Sara-leigh Cain, Wendy Roscoe, David McNicol, Wendy Moffat, Gerard Macnamara and Alan Vinnie.
Front Row: Vivienne Hill, Sylvia Napper, Brian Napper and Howard McLean.
If you need more details, have an idea or would like to help with any of the Gala events please email