The following items of Gala Merchandise are currently available. All items can be obtained from Alan McLaren, 23 Polton Road, Loanhead EH20 9BU, telephone 0131 440 3830.


SOUVENIR BROCHURE – to mark the Crowning of Loanhead’s 100th School Queen and containing photos of all 100 Queens – £1.00

NEW BOOK – The History of Midlothian’s Local Festivals – see separate listing for more details – £15.00

GOLF UMBRELLAS in the Gala’s Blue, Gold and White colours and featuring the Gala logo – £10.00

BOOK – The History of Loanhead Children’s Day

Hardback £10.00 (reduced from £27.50 – last few remaining)

Soft Cover £5.00 (reduced from £17.50 – last few remaining)

HISTORICAL VIDEO – with cine and video clips from previous years and including an excellent short film of the 1952 Gala Week events. £1.00.

TIE – £5.00


BACK COPIES OF PROGRAMMES are available for 1956, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. £2 each.

BUNTING in the Gala’s blue, gold and white colours – £15.00 (per 10m string).

Economy bunting is also available – £2.00 per string.

Midlothian Festivals book

Cheques should be made payable to Loanhead Children’s Gala Day Association. Free delivery to any address in Loanhead. If ordering from outside Loanhead, please telephone  0131 440 3830 for details of postage costs or to make other arrangements to collect items.

The towns and villages of Midlothian enjoy a rich heritage of local festivals. This new book traces the colourful history of these events from the earliest recorded events to the present day.

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The Hiring Fairs, Carters’ Plays, Miners’ Plays, Friendly Society Walks and Gymnastic Games, all of which were features of community life in the nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century, are covered in detail.

The story of the Children’s Day movement in Midlothian is extensively covered, tracing the history of not only the three surviving events, being those at Loanhead, Newtongrange and Gorebridge, but also the many other such events which have failed to survive the test of time.

Penicuik has Midlothian’s only equestrian based celebrations in the form of the Hunter & Lass festival and its story is detailed, together with that of Dalkeith’s annual barbecue.

Large numbers of other events, both great and small, are covered.   Events in the following communities are detailed in individual chapters:-  Auchendinny & Glencorse; Bonnyrigg, Lasswade & Poltonhall; Cousland; Dalkeith; Easthouses & Mayfield; Gilmerton; Gorebridge; Loanhead; Newton & Danderhall; Newtongrange; Pathhead; Penicuik; Rosewell; Roslin and Temple. There is also separate coverage of the Miners’ Gala Day.  Appendices detail Midlothian’s current festivals and provide a detailed listing of Midlothian’s former Friendly and Mutual Benefit Societies.

The text is complemented by an 80 page Photo Gallery containing almost 170 photos, including over 60 in full colour. The presentation is enhanced by an A4 individual page size and case binding.  Extending to 345 pages, this is an important work for anyone interested in the history of some or all of Midlothian’s towns and villages and anyone with an interest in Scotland’s local festivals. 

Price £15.00                                                                                     ISBN 978-0-9541343-2-7

Available from:- Midlothian Local Studies Library, Clerk Street, Loanhead, Loanhead Branch Library or direct from  the author, Alan McLaren, telephone 0131 440 3830