Feegie under starters’ orders for gala day fun!
THE London OIympics will draw to a close this weekend ... but families in a Paisley housing estate will be full of the sporting spirit as they gear up for a day of fun.
The annual Ferguslie Park Gala Day takes place tomorrow and is themed on the gold-laden Games which have captivated Great Britain for the past two weeks.
Youngsters – dressed up as their favourite Olympic stars, such as medal heroes Andy Murray and Sir Chris Hoy – will be under starter’s orders for a huge procession through local streets.
The massive parade is the centre-piece of the celebrations that have been held every year for the best part of four decades.
And organiser Magi McCulloch says everyone involved is ready to kick-off the fun as soon as they hear the ‘B’ in bang!
She said: “We’re really looking forward to getting the gala day off to a great start and the parade should be a lot of fun.
“We have also got a lot of other attractions and events lined up, so it should be a great day.
“The kids always get into the spirit of the day and the fact we have got the Olympic buzz going on right now should really add to the atmosphere.
“The gala day has been held in Ferguslie Park for as long as I can remember but this should be right up there with the best we’ve had.
“I looked back at one of the old programmes we had for the 1983 gala day and the attractions were things like Mr Muscles and Glamorous Grannies.
“I think we’ve come a long way since then!”
The gala day will begin at noon, when dozens of kids clutching home-made Olympic torches and adults dressed as the ‘Men with Moustaches’ from the 118-118 TV adverts will set off from the Tannahill Centre.
From there, the procession will head up Ferguslie Park Avenue, along Dalskeith Avenue and onto the Barskiven roundabout, before taking the same route back to the Tannahill Centre, where it is expected to return for around 12.45pm.
Then the day will be officially opened by Paisley North West councillor Terry Kelly before the youngsters are allowed to really crank up their antics with a list of activities.
A bouncy castle has been hired for the day, while there will also be face-painting, clown shows and even a mini-Olympics featuring shot-put contests, a javelin competition and a relay race.
The St Mirren community coaches will also be organising five-a-side kickabouts, while DJ Raymond Duffin and a list of local musicians will get the beat started.
The action is due to draw to a close at 4pm.
Magi said: “It’s always a memorable day and, hopefully, plenty of people will turn up to enjoy the attractions.”