HUNDREDS of people flocked to South Beach in near-perfect conditions on Saturday for the Troon Summer Gala Day, writes Stewart McConnell.

Organised by Troon Community Council, the event saw a parade leave Troon Library, led by the he Troon BB Pipe Band and also featuring the Karalyn Bell Dancers.

Dignitaries including MP Philippa Whitford and Troon Citizen of the Year Ian Wilson marched along to South Beach Green, where Gala Queen Kiana Wylie was crowned by South Ayrshire Council Depute Provost, Councillor William Grant, flanked by Gala Princess Emmie Irvine.

The new Gala Queen said later: “I wasn’t nervous at all. This is the biggest thing I have done.

“The highlight was the crowning, I really enjoyed that and it was great to be in the parade.”

Added Emmie: “I was really excited and the crowning was the best part of the day.”

The outgoing royal party, triplets Aeva, Eilidh and Morna Graham also played a a big part in the day,

Citizen of the Year Ian Wilson said: “It really was an honour to be part of the gala and I enjoyed the parade.”

William Grant was encouraged with how the event went and said: “All these galas are good for the community and it’s great co come to them. I feel privileged to be able to come to these events.

“A lot of events like this are going on and we have to sell them to people.

“If people aren’t there these events don’t happen.

“During the week I was at prizegivings as well so it’s good to support these events.”

Among the attractions at the gala were funfair rides, stalls run by Muirhead Tenants and Residents’ Association and Troon Community Council, with another stall illustrating the conservation work being carried out by eco group Friends of Fullarton.

The Ukelele Band provided some excellent musical entertainment and there was also a sandcastle competition, which was well supported.

There was also a cycle treasure hunt.