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Ross Thomson

North Lanarkshire village set for its first gala day in 30 years

A North Lanarkshire village is preparing to get the flags and bunting out, as it is set to have its first gala day in more than three decades.

Cleland kids can’t wait for this year’s gala day, which will be held this Saturday (August 27).

For the village’s gala committee it is the culmination of a long journey – considering the long-awaited gala had been due to take place in 2020.

Committee member Lisa Kane told Lanarkshire Live : “It’s been a long time but eventually we are here.

“We have got a whole host of activities at the public park including inflatables, fairground rides, bands playing and a beer tent.

“We are just pleased to finally get there and hopefully it’s a great day for the kids and the weather is kind to us.”

On the day the procession will wind its way through the village starting from 10.30am before the crowning takes place at the public park later in the day.

The first Cleland Gala Queen in 30 years will be Emma McQueen with her Champion being Matthew Weir.

The biggest headache for the gala committee this week has been a possible re-routing of the procession due to the current closure of Biggar Road.

However, road will also been opened temporarily on Saturday to allow the Cleland Gala Day procession to pass through on Saturday morning before being closed again.

Lisa added: “It has been really hard over the past few weeks trying to find out what was happening.

“Councillors have been helping us out so we hope everything will go smoothly.”

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