Discussions held to find best site for Spittal Gala

Spittal Gala. Tony Lanmack helps out.

Spittal Gala. Tony Lanmack helps out.

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Concerns have been raised in Spittal over the location of the annual gala.

Traditionally the gala has been held at the school field, which is no longer available.

Last year the popular event was staged at the south end football pitch, where it will again take place on June 15, with the car boot sale on the promenade.

But many feel the venue is not appropriate. Delegates from the village, who have organised a petition of protest, met organisers Spittal Improvement Trust to air their views. They said the Main Street was ideal for setting up stalls and cars and the new site of the gala, at the south end football pitch, was too far away for many elderly residents to walk there.

The Trust explained it was too late to change the site for this year’s gala. Secretary Mike Greener said planning had to start early to register the event, obtain licences, road clearance and insurance.

They added that the site had been selected because it was big enough for their needs, and had attracted a large crowd last year.

After an amicable discussion the trust offered a joint meeting at which feedback from this year’s gala would be assessed. They said they were aware of the popularity of the gala car boot sale along the main street, but they did not have the numbers needed to enable them to close the street for any length of time.

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