SEVERAL hundred local people made the most of the dry weather on Saturday to enjoy a gala day in Greenhills.
Communities United Promoting Inclusion (CUPI) were delighted with the turn-out at their first gala day which featured dozens of attractions.
With over 30 volunteers still setting up in the morning, many young people and families were already gathering, eager to make the most of the rare, dry sunny weather and enjoy all the fun of the fair.
The young CUPI members did themselves proud by organising and staffing their own fundraising stall and encouraging hundreds of people to sign the CUPI swing park petition.
Over the last few weeks, the club’s arts and crafts activities were focused on making jewellery from beads and creating their own designs on candle holders which were all snapped up on the day, raising over £80 for club funds.
The Greenhills Bar continued their support for CUPI by putting on live music and entertainment as well as selling football cards to raise funds for the gala.
M and J Indian Cuisine provided snacks alongside the CUPI burger stall.
There were a variety of other stalls including home baking and fortune telling.
Local minister, the Rev John Brouster, took along a friend who was visiting from China and the local firefighters also attended.
The Birds of Prey display were very popular with lots of young people, taking the chance to hold the birds and have their photo taken.
The Fool-On Motorcycle Club were another great attraction with their ‘soak-a-biker’ sponge throw and the crowds were kept entertained throughout the day with great music and DJs provided by Made On Earth Entertainments.
Another kind gesture from the bikers was their invitation to all the young children to sit on the impressive motorcycles on display and have their pictures taken.
As well as the ‘steel horses’ there was also the opportunity to enjoy pony rides provided by Meadowhead Farm riding school and for the more adventurous there was the Bucking Bronco.
Gail and Tommy Sheridan also went along to support the event with daughter Gabrielle and niece Abigail, who had an hilarious time soaking CUPI club leader, John Park at the sponge throw.
Move-the-Goalposts set up their mobile football pitch at the bottom of the High Point for all to enjoy and local football coach Iain McPake from EKYC organised a festival of football for teams of budding footballers born in 2002.
Ex-Rangers player John (Bomber) Brown also showed his support for the event by going along with his partner to present all the young football stars with their medals and trophies.
Club leader John Park said: “It was a pleasure to have Bomber Brown support us on the day and it was clear to see from all the pictures taken and autographs signed that he is still held in high regard.
“Even Celtic fan Sean Clark was eager to have his picture taken with John, while wearing his own team colours.
“A lot of effort and hard work was put in by many to organise this event and it was a pleasure to see it all coming together. To see everyone enjoying a great family day out makes it all worthwhile.
“All of the feedback we've had has been very encouraging and many thanks must go to South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture for the support they have given us and to all the local and national businesses who donated gifts and prizes for our raffles and tombola.
“With over £2000 raised on the day and more pledges still to come in, the CUPI committee will be meeting very soon to decide which charities or groups will share the benefit of this very successful event.”