THERE was a cracking turnout and smiles all round at the Dollar Gala last weekend.

Hundreds of people turned up for the event at Market Park on Saturday, June 1, which was kick started with a procession led by Dollar Academy’s Pipe Band.

Community council (CC) member Stephen Leitch helped organise the event, and told the Advertiser more about how it went.

He said: “The weather was good and our numbers were probably a little bit up on last year – we had around 700 people, at least.

“Everything went according to plan: we had Dollar Dance doing demonstrations, we had the kid’s races and the tug of war as usual.”

There was also a demonstration from the military re-enactment group The 94th Regiment of Foot, food and drink stalls, and many more activities and attractions.

Some of the attendees, including a number of the youngsters, even turned up in fancy dress to match the theme for this year’s event: Save The Planet.

Stephen said: “In the evening we had a family disco, delivered by Kenny Mitchell.

“He used to be a DJ in the area and we challenged him to come out of retirement, so he came out and did the disco for us.”

When asked how everyone enjoyed the Gala, Stephen said: “All in all it went very well, and [we] received lots of good compliments.”

He also thanked the EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund, as well as all the other organisations and people involved, for their support.