A TEAM of talented youngsters have been working overtime to set up this year’s Ferguslie Park Gala Day celebrations.
A parade of youngsters dressed as butterflies, bees and flowers will take to the streets for tomorrow’s event, which has a Garden Party theme to celebrate the 18-month revamp project at the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie Park.
Some 50 youngsters, aged from four up to 13, have been working all summer to create their colourful costumes for the Paisley parade.
A Royal Family, including a gala king and a gala queen, will lead the parade through Ferguslie Park at 12.30pm.
The queen is 10-year-old Chloe Kennedy, and her princesses are nine-year-olds Amy Chivers and Amie Coats. Gary Friel, 10, is gala king, and the prince is nine-year-old Nathan Cook.
Well-known community activist Margaret Canning is the special guest who will officially open the gala at the Tannahill Centre at 1pm.
Inside on the main stage, Raymond Diffen, who used to work at Ferguslie Park Radio, will be playing popular tunes and staging competitions for visitors to take part in.
There will also be stalls selling bric-a-brac and home baking; a tombola and raffle; a bouncy castle; and mini fairground rides for the little ones.
Inside the main hall there will be a baby disco from 1pm till 2.30pm, followed by a tea dance for older members of the community, from 2.30pm till 4pm.
The Youth Bus and Gym Bus will also be on-site as well as five-a-side football games organised by St Mirren.
Community volunteer Magi McCulloch said: “There will be an exhibition on Ferguslie Past, Present and Future and we’re hoping to hear people’s ideas on what they’d like to see improved.
“The children have been knocking their pan in, working on the costumes which look fantastic.
“We’re all really looking forward to the gala day. It should be a great community event.”
The activities, which run from 1pm till 4pm, have been organised by a committee of volunteers and has been funded by the Flag Forum and Ferguslie Park Housing Association.
Back in April, it was announced Creative Scotland had given the Tannahill Centre £187,000 to revamp the garden and get the fountain working again.
The steering group in charge of the project also want to open up the access for wheelchairs as well as dress up the gates to make them brighter.