THE people of Rosyth will take to the streets on Saturday and cheer the parade that marks the start of this year's gala.

Organisers have managed to raise £20,000 and it's been spent on an array of entertainment that's expected to attract a bumper crowd to the park.

There's everything from live music, a funfair and pony rides to gymnastic displays, birds of prey and an It's a Knockout competition to enjoy in Rosyth Public Park from noon to 5pm.

One of the gala organisers, Danny Hughes, said: "The parade leaves from Park Road at 11am and will have 1,500 people in it, including all four schools and community groups like Acrobay, the Scouts and Brownies, majorettes, football teams and pipe bands.

"We'll also have motorbikes and military vehicles and it takes about an hour by the time they get back in the park.

"We'll then crown the gala queen and the festivities begin."

The royal party will consist of gala queen Kiera Mitchell, from King's Road Primary School; ladies-in-waiting Annabelle Collins (St John's PS) and Lana McCulloch (Park Road PS); and page boy Jamie Jamieson (Camdean PS).

This year's attractions also include a silent disco, bouncy castles, climbing wall, bungee jumps, wrestling and face-painting.

There will also be quad bikes, a trapeze, Mohawk Mike as the MC, the Meteorite fairground ride, an Acrobay display, prize raffle and plenty of food and drink stalls, including the Rosyth Community Market.

On the music front there will be Beat That, which is an all-woman samba band, Dunfermline and District Pipe Band, Dysart Brass band, the Absurdist Pipers and Comrie Pipe Band.

On another stage, the gala will showcase local bands such as The Cognac Twins, Freebird, The Bel-Airs, Vault VI, The Smithereens and Kim Seymour.

Free tickets were made available to all children based in Rosyth who attend nursery, primary school or attend a Rosyth-based community group. The ticket includes lunch, free raffle entry and a free ride on the big funfair and the all-important gala wristband, giving free access to the attractions.

Visitors can buy wristbands on the day for £5.

This is the fourth gala day since it was relaunched in 2016 to coincide with the centenary of Rosyth Garden City and Danny said: "It was supposed to be a one-off for the 100 years but it was such a success we brought it back and we take it from year to year.

"As soon as one gala ends we start planning the next one! We try and make it bigger and better each year and so far we've managed to do that.

"Last year, we had more than 8,500 people. The whole idea of it, along with the community market, the EATS project and the gala, is to lift community spirit and get people properly involved in Rosyth.

"It takes a lot of work to get licences, book acts and raise the money to pay for everything – it costs £20,000 to put everything on – so if anyone else can come in and help, then great."

Volunteers are sought to assist in setting up on Friday and to help out on gala day. If you can lend a hand, go along to the gala tent at 10am.