DUNFERMLINE Children's Gala was given a welcome boost this week after Fife Council funding of £10,000 was approved.

Organisers had requested the cash support from the City of Dunfermline area committee to help with the popular event due to take place in June.

Fife Council project manager for communities and neighbourhoods, Lindsay Gilfillan, said the funding would contribute to the delivery of this year's gala.

"We have seen from last year the impact this has locally and the buzz about Dunfermline post gala – it was incredible to see," she told councillors.

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"The gala includes around 2,000 children and their families from all schools in Dunfermline, bringing about a day where the community comes together, creating memories and reminding families life is good, especially in these times post-Covid amid a cost-of-living crisis.

"The event is held within Pittencrieff Park which makes use of one of Dunfermline’s biggest public green spaces. The increased footfall results in spending in local shops and restaurants."

Committee convener James Calder backed the funding support.

"I am really pleased to see the gala has continued to go from strength to strength again after the pandemic. It is such an important event for everyone in Dunfermline.

"It is one of the real highlights of the year."

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Provost Jim Leishman added: "The gala was that (close) away from shutting down and when you shut something down, it never comes back. The new committee have worked so hard.

"I wish it was £20,000 they were asking for because I know how much effort they put in. They are a great crowd.

"They seem to be really well organised and they deserve everything."

The popular calendar fixture will take place on June 22 with a Rock and Popstar theme.