HILLFOOTS families are being braced for the possible return of the Tillicoultry Gala later this year.

The event has been unable to go ahead for the past two years, owing to Covid-19, leaving a "palpable gap in opportunities for the community to come together".

However, work is ongoing at Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton and Devonside Community Council to ensure the event makes a return in 2022 with hopes that restrictions will allow for the community to come together once again.

The date has already been set for Sunday, June 19, and the organising committee are working to put together the line-up for the grand day.

Community council chair Damian Sherwood-Johnson and lead organiser Ian Millar are already looking for volunteers to fulfil some small roles, such as helping with children's races and games.

Stewards are also required for the planned parade from the Murray Square bus stance to the Public Park – led by the Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band in previous years.

Damian told the Advertiser: "It will be incredibly positive and uplifting to be able to hold the gala this year.

"Not being able to hold it for the last two years has been especially discouraging and left a palpable gap in opportunities for the community to come together.

"We are so excited that the gala can make a return and bring people together once again for some fun and social interaction.

"We hope the event creates a significant buzz locally to offer something to look forward to and delivers an enjoyable time for all who attend."

In 2019, when the gala was last able to go ahead, there were children's rides, bouncy castles, dance and music, a football tournament, a fancy dress competition, various stalls and even mini highland games.

Entertainers included Janet Snape highland dancers, a display from Alba Performing Arts School and the Silent Knights.

One of the highlights was the crowning of the royal party with gala king Rubin Allan and queen Hannah Shahid, flanked by the royal party which included attendants Grace Bowyer and Brooke Williamson, page boy Robbie Stevenson and flower girl Amber Bowie.

One key element planned for the gala this year will be an opportunity to give views on the development of the Place Plan for the area.

The type of engagement is still to be determined, but organisers are hoping for something fun and interactive.

Anyone looking to volunteer at the event can message the Tillicoultry Gala Facebook page.