THE eagerly anticipated East Linton Gala is just around the corner, and with it comes colourful floats, tuck shops, competitions, discos and fun for all the family.

The week-long events kick off with East Linton Gala Day on Saturday, with fancy dress, parades and floats and the crowning of this year’s Gala Queen Emma Watson by 2005 Queen Emma Yule.

The judging of the fancy dress and floats takes place on Dunbar Road at 12.30pm, with the parade beginning at 1pm.

The parade will reach the park just in time for the stalls and attractions to open half an hour later, with children’s storytelling, face-painting, glitter tattoos and balloon modelling.

There will be a live band and Highland dancing on the field from noon.

The children’s races start at 2.15pm, and young ones from nursery to primary two age can just turn up on the day to take part.

The Traprain Law race and Mr Boom start at 3pm, and the Grand Gala Prize Draw will end the day in the tea tent at 4pm.

All the local children are entitled to a free ice-cream and an inflatable or miniature train ride.

Tickets will be distributed via East Linton Primary School or, for those who haven’t received one, Votadini’s on High Street.

East Linton Gala committee are still looking for volunteers to help out on the day, and anybody who is interested in lending a hand, should call Carlene on 07779 167253 or email

The full list of events during the rest of East Linton Gala Week is as follows:

Sunday, June 9

11am: Kirkin of the Queen at Prestonkirk.

Monday, June 10

  • 6-6.45pm: Children’s quiz, P1 to P3.
  • 7-7.45pm: Children’s quiz, P4 to second year. Tuck shop present at both these events, which are being held at the Community Hall.

Tuesday, June 11

  • 3.30pm: Football in Memorial Park. Participants need to register at the school. A tuck shop is present.

Wednesday, June 13

  • 8pm: Adults’ quiz held at East Linton Bowling Club. Entry costs £10 for a team of four.

Friday, June 14

  • 6-8pm: Children’s disco at The Mart with tuck shop.