Langlee’s up for day of fun

Langlee Carnival.
Langlee Carnival.

ENTHUSIASTIC crowds were out again in force for this year’s Langlee Carnival in Galashiels

While it was always going to be difficult to top last year’s event, which enjoyed glorious late summer sunshine, the 2011 carnival still attracted between 300 and 400 people, according to organisers.

The fun got under way on Saturday morning, outside the local primary school. Langlee Lad Dean Bertram and Langlee Lass Carolina Romero Amah – both local primary seven pupils – were resplendent in their horse and carriage as the fancy dress parade made its way to the community centre, led by Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band.

On arrival at the community centre, the two youngsters cut the ribbon to officially open the extravaganza

The DT1 local radio station was on hand to keep the announcements coming about the day’s packed programme of events, which included a mass zumbathon, Irish dancers and a street dance workshop.

Carnival chairman Gerry Moss said the event had been another great success. He told us: “The weather was very kind to us. Last year the weather was incredible, so it was always going to be difficult to top that. But the rain held off and we estimate the carnival took in £1,500 towards the cost of next year’s event.

“Both the Lad and Lass were very excited to have been chosen and they looked great in the carriage during the parade in the morning. We owe a big thanks to The Kilt Shop in the High Street for outfitting the Langlee Lad in full Highland costume.

“The mass zumbathon dance event saw mums and children packing the community centre, which was great to see.

“Another highlight was local band, Dr Boris, with 13-year-old lead singer, Dylan, now a pupil at Galashiels Academy, in great form.

“We also had two face painters on hand and each reckons to have decorated the faces of more than 100 children. We also had various amusements like a bouncy castle, merry-go-round and a 24-foot climbing wall.”