Youngsters help run Newtongrange gala day

Members of the Newtongrange Gala Day Youth Committee
Members of the Newtongrange Gala Day Youth Committee

Youngsters have jumped at the chance to help run a Midlothian children’s gala day which has being going strong for more than a century.

Newtongrange Children’s Gala Day, first held in 1913, will take place on June 13 as part of a week of events in the village. And this year local children are involved in organising it for the first time, doing everything they can from taking photographs, setting up a new website for the gala day making posters, fund-raising and setting up the PA system.

The gala day committee chairwoman Denise Gillies explained how the youth committee was set up.

She said: “I put a post on our Facebook page earlier this year asking for young people to help out and we had a few come to the first meeting. Then they started bringing friends along and now we have 14 of them, five boys and nine girls, all from P7 age up.

“It’s very important, it’s the way forward for the future. They are hopefully going to be us, they are the next generation.

“The gala day is for kids so it means a lot to have kids involved in the committee and get their ideas, that we might never have put forward.”

The youth committee told the Advertiser: “We feel proud that we are helping keep this gala tradition going. It’s great helping in the community, helping others. It makes us feel valued and better people. We enjoy taking part and have fun whilst doing so.”

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