Blantyre Civic Gala Week, 1979

1979 Gala Queen Fiona Robertson 12

Gala Queen Fiona Robertson 1979

A week long celebration of civic events took place in Blantyre in June 1979, culminating in the annual gala day.

Activities were held all over Blantyre including a puppet show, karate demonstrations and play at the Elizabeth Scott Centre, a disco at the community hall for 9 to 14 year olds, ladies night and bingo at St Josephs Hall and a model aircraft flying display.

It was a time when all community groups came together, scheduling events for the whole week, co-ordinating so there were constant activities, yet none overlapping.

Even the police had an exhibit on in their Victoria Street station! There were also dog shows, bowling competitions, sports races and fashion shows. Majorette displays and even a small beer festival night in the park. Thats all BEFORE the actual gala day.

The Gala Queen that year was Fiona Robertson, aged 12. Plenty of effort went into the gala day and Fiona, a High Blantyre Primary pupil from Iona Path had a commanding view of her new subjects as they enjoyed the gala.

From the book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

Brendan Mcghee Karate demo was by Ross Frames club

Marion Gilmour Fiona Law

Marianne Stark Aitken My brother took part in the karate display in ross frames club…remember it well

Debbi Evans Fiona Law I told everyone I lived next to the queen 👑😜😂xxx not changed

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