THE stage is set for Musselburgh Children’s Gala at Fisherrow Links this Saturday.

Organised by Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council, the fun-packed event is adored by youngsters in the Honest Toun.

From noon until 4pm, there is a range of activities on offer including shows, quad bikes, face painting and dance displays.

Edinburgh magician Alexander the Great will enthral gala visitors with his magic and circus skills show and Dinky Donuts will be present to keep those hunger pangs at bay.

East Coast FM lead the fun and games as compères.

Also present will be Musselburgh’s Army Cadets, Air Cadets and Sea Cadets, with musical entertainment provided by the Penicuik and Musselburgh Boys’ Brigade Pipe Band.

Representatives from Musselburgh Area Partnership will also be on hand to discuss its work with the local community.

The Brunton Bistro serves tea, coffee, sandwiches and pies in a marquee.

For those who prefer a snack as they enjoy the many activities, Sizzlers are selling food such as burgers, bacon rolls and chips. There is also a bar.

The community council has been running the gala for the past 20 years in partnership with East Lothian Council.

For £2 entry, all the attractions – apart from the quad bikes, which cost an extra £2 – are available at no extra cost.

Also included in the ticket price is a goodie bag with chocolate, a carton of juice or water, and packet of crisps, as well as an ice cream from J & J Ices in Musselburgh.

Irene Tait, community council chairwoman, said: “The gala is such a popular family event in the town.

“We are hoping as many people as possible will come along this year to enjoy the variety of attractions which are on offer.

“We are always delighted to see everyone having such fun.”

Tickets are available from The Brunton box office in Musselburgh.