Cockenzie and Port Seton Children's Gala

Fisher girls waving

The First Gala

First Reporting

In June 1948 a call went out for interested parties to meet to discuss the formation of a Children's Gala. The first Gala was held on Saturday 25th June 1949. The earliest record in local newspapers appears to be the following report from the Haddingtonshire Courier published on 1st July of that year.

Newspaper article, report on first Gala
© 1949 The Haddingtonshire Courier: Used By Permission

Even today some of those names are instantly recognizable as coming from the local fishing families.

The same issue of the courier carried a small report relating to the new school song...

Newspaper Quote
© 1949 The Haddingtonshire Courier: Used By Permission

The choir must have been quite well trained because the tune to Hazard Yet Forward is not the easiest to sing. The most recent galas have not attempted to sing it.

Early Photographs

The following photographs show the very first Gala and were first shown in public in recent times during a local history exhibition in 2016. Permission to show the photographs here was most generously granted.

The first Gala Queen: Catherine Thomson:

1949 Gala Queen
© 1949 Gala Queen: used by permission

Arriving at the Old Harbour:

Arriving at old harbout
© 1949 Arriving at old Harbour: used by permission

On the boats at the Old Harbour:

On the boats at old harbout
© 1949 On the boats at old Harbour: used by permission

On the boats at old harbout
© 1949 On the boats at old Harbour: used by permission

Boats arriving into Port Seton Harbour:

Boats arriving Port Seton Harbout
© 1949 Boats arriving Port Seton Harbour: used by permission

Star of Hope carries the Gala Queen into the Harbour:

Star of Hope arrives with Queen
© 1949 Star of Hope arrives with the Queen: used by permission

At Port Seton Harbour:

At Port Seton Harbour
© 1949 At Port Seton Harbour: used by permission

Queen with Maids:

Queen with Maids
© 1949 Queen with Maids: used by permission

Crowning Ceremony in front of the Pond Hall (now demolished):

Crowning Ceremony
© 1949 Crowning Ceremony: used by permission