There was no Gala in 2020 because of the restrictions imposed for the Coronavirus Epidemic. Restrictions continued into 2021 so that the normal July date was out of the question. With lifting of some restrictions due in August, the committee aimed for a Gala with some restrictions in September.
The organising committee are to be congratulated on pulling off a succcesful Gala despite many obstacles. The procession consisted of the organising committee, the Coalburn IOR Pipe Band and the cars with the Gala Queen and her court. To reduce possible transfer of virus, the youngsters were driven by members of their families. There was no separate fancy dress competition or floats but people were encouraged to wear fancy dress in their front garden and houses could be decorated as normal. There was no exhibition by the Jim Hamilton Heritage Society.
The weather on Gala Day, 11th September, was dull, dry and cool.
These photographs were taken by Geoff Brown of Coalburn and are divided into four categories:- The procession, Crowning Ceremony, Portraits and Decorated Houses/ Fancy Dress.
Procession starting near Victoria Hall
Coalburn IOR Pipe Band
The procession in Coalburn Road
The procession in Dunn Crescent
Gala Queen: Mya
Lord in Waiting: Cameron
Maid of Honour: Gemma
Trainbearers: Kacey, Emily, Elisia, Lacey and Millie
Page Boy: Hunter
Car Attendants: Billy and Harley
Crowning Lady: Anne Burnside
Coalburn Silver Band performing next to the crowning podium
Coalburn IOR Pipe Band lining up for the Procession to the podium
Procession to the podium
Gala Queen Mya and her train bearers
Crowning of Gala Queen Mya by Crowning Lady, Anne Burnside
Car Attendants Billy and Harley leading the procession from the podium
Gala Queen Mya and her Court
Three wise men
Senior piper - Donald Williams
Gala Queen Mya near Victoria Hall
Lord in Waiting, Cameron with one of the car attendants
Gala Queen Mya after the ceremony
Two of the train bearers