Scotland: Mallaig Fishermen's Mission Gala Day is great success –

Scotland: Mallaig Fishermen’s Mission Gala Day is great success Published:  02 August, 2006

Fourteen fishing boats took part in the trawler race

MALLAIG Fishermen’s Mission has reported that its Gala Day, held on July 29, was a great success. This year’s Gala Day saw an increase of attractions and the number of people attending the day.

There was a new twist with the incorporation of the Pirates Parade. Around twenty local children dressed as pirates followed the Gala Queen and Princess around the bay on their pirate float.

Another new event for the day was the Emergency Services Relay Race which saw the Fire Brigade, Lifeboat, Coastguard and Scottish Sea Farms teams compete over a course which included the Wheelbarrow race, Cycle Sprint, Rowing and finally, the Greasy Pole. There was stiff competition and not a little cheating before the Fire Brigade superiority carried the day and they were crowned winners.

The Emergency Services Display involved all the emergency services working in close co-ordination with each other to rescue the crew of a burning fishing boat. The display was interrupted when a group of “pirates” attacked the lifeboat and forced the coxswain and his deputy to walk the plank before making off with the lifeboat.

The final event was the trawler race which saw 14 fishing boats compete over a short course out in the sound. The eventual winner was the Sonas followed by the Margareta.

The next event for the Mallaig Mission will be the Plymouth to Banjul Rally in December. Superintendent Keith Dickson will be driving from Plymouth to Banjul in Gambia, a distance of 3,500 miles to raise money for the Mission. You can find out more at the Missing Men’s web site is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.