The future of Tranent Gala Day is under threat due to financial pressures and a lack of support.
That is the view of Tom Logan, gala committee chairman of five years, who last week attended a meeting of Tranent and Elphinstone Council to warn of dire consequences unless local people rally to the cause.
He said: “We have agreed, as a committee, that we will not be responsible for putting flags up this year as there is no way we can afford to fork out over 1000 to erect and take down bunting.”
With as little as 6000 in the bank, the committee is struggling to finance annual events such as the traditional ‘old folks treat’ at the Loch Centre. He continued: “We are billed for this, as well as rehearsals for the crowning ceremony and the ceremony itself. This is simply money that we don’t have — if we don’t find cash from somewhere this will be Tranent Gala Day’s last year.”
Local support for the committee has dwindled significantly according to Mr Logan. “No-one from Tranent is willing to help out or give us support,” he added.
Community council chairman Raymond Strang believes the current ill-health of the gala committee is down to a change in culture in Tranent. “For people of my generation, gala day was always the big day of the year — that’s how large an event it was,” he told last week’s meeting.
Community councillor Robert McNeill said the turnaround was simply “a sign of the times.” He added: “The community in Tranent has changed drastically over the past 10-15 years and a lot of that is down to people moving into the area. Unfortunately the gala day is suffering.”
If you can support the gala committee in any way, either by volunteering or offering financial support, Mr Logan can be contacted on 0791 285 9976 or 01875 615 797.