Culinary and cultural delights set the scene for Cernach Housing Association’s Gala Day, as soul food, Indian cuisine and healthy fruit smoothies were enjoyed against the backdrop of a Caribbean steel band with colourful Commonwealth dancers.
Jean Thomson, Cernach Housing Association’s Director, confessed to being gutted when she saw the rain: “I needn’t have worried though as it didn’t dampen the spirits of the people of Drumchapel who came out and celebrated the Commonwealth Games with us.”
“Gala Day is one of my favourite community events,” admits Susan McDonald MBE, Chair of Cernach Housing Association. “I always look forward to seeing the children, their parents and grand-parents getting together, having fun and creating a sense of community.”
The community had the chance to try their luck at the egg and spoon race and shot put, while the bouncy castle was a big hit with younger children. Seed planting, an MOT station for bikes, dog tagging and community art were a few of the many other activities on offer which kept everyone active and cheerful, despite the rain.
“With the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow we wanted to bring a taste of the Commonwealth to Drumchapel and, with the help of Celebrate funding, we were able to do exactly that,” added Susan.
And there was great excitement when Clyde, the Mascot for the 2014 Games, arrived and most of the community lined up to have their photograph taken with him.
“The creative and fun nature of the event gave everyone the opportunity to share experiences and make new connections through arts, food, sport and music,” said Jean.
The Taste of the Commonwealth Gala Day was held earlier this month at Airgold Drive in Drumchapel with help from the National Lottery funded Celebrate programme.