Usually held on the second Saturday in June. 

2017 Gala: Saturday 10th June 


2016 Gala

  • New initiative this year to involve Rhu Marina in the Gala
  • Water based events at RNYC where You and Sea will be running rides in RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) round the Gareloch from the club jetty. Book early into avoid disappointment.
  • Minature Zoo, kid zone and fun photo booth in the Clubhouse
  • Refreshments will be provided in the
    • tearoom indoors
    • RNCYC Gin/Pimms tent
    • burger/hotdog BBQ.
    • artisan wood-fired pizza oven.
  • Other activities include a crockery smash, bouncy castle, giant slide plus some 25 market stalls 

Main Arena Running Order* may be subject to change on the day

10:30      Lifeboat Staion opens at Marina
11:00   Formula 1 Power Boat and MOD Police Boat on pontoons
11:30   Launch Lifeboat
12:00   Gala Procession leaves Rhu Marina
12:30   Official Opening At Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club by Cdr Charles Darley and the Crowning of the Gala King and Queen 
12:45   Dog Show commences
1.00   Helensburgh Clan Colquohoun Pipe Band
1:15   Claire Burns Dancers
1:30   Falconry Display by KG Hawks
1:45   Helensburgh Clan Colquohoun Pipe Band
2:00   Helensburgh Yoga
2:15   Claire Burns Dancers
  Falconry Display by KG Hawks
2:45   Family Races(sprints/ 3 leeged/ sack.eggand spoon)
3:30   Doggy parade and Best in Show
3:45   Tug of War
4:00   Raffle and Gala closes


Fun Family Dog Show.

  • Judge Mr Craig Howie of Kilbrachan.
  • Entry is £1 per class.
  • The first class commences at 12.45.
  • Please assemble in the Dog Ring.
  • Doggy parade for all contestants plus judging of Best in show in the main arena at 3:30. 
Class 1   Best puppy under 12 months
Class 2
  Best Dog
Class 3
  Best Bitch
Class 4
  Best Crossbread
Class 5
  Best Veteran over 8 years
Class 6
  Best Child Handler
Class 7
  Dog in best condition
Class 8
  Dog with the waggiest tail
Class 9
  Best Rescue Dog
Class 10
  Dog the judge would most like to take home.
Class 11
  best in Show


Rhu and Shandon Gala is held every year on the second Saturday of June.  Its main objective is to be a fun and affordable day out for all the family.

Below are some images from previous years 

pipe band
pipe band
Helensburgh Pipe Band starts the day by leading the procession from Rhu Marina at noon
gala king and queen
gala king and queen
arriving by coach!
Pom pom girls
Pom pom girls
Fancy Dress Competition
Fancy Dress Competition
Sack Race
Sack Race
Children's Race
Fun Dog Show
Fun Dog Show
Something for everyone, including dogs
Oh Joy!
Oh Joy!
The Winners
The Winners
Duck Race
Duck Race
Tug of War
Tug of War
Face Painting
Face Painting
Something for all ages
Something for all ages
a dance
a dance
Family Races
Family Races
Bouncy Castle
Bouncy Castle

There are stalls selling crafts, home baking, plants, pocket money toys etc  and many  local clubs and societies are represented.

There is a tea tent, BBQ stall and a bar provided by the Rhu Inn.

Entry to the Gala is free and all are welcome.

The history of Rhu and Shandon Gala

The history of Rhu, or Row as it was known earlier,records an annual Village Fair which the residents of the Parish held on grounds now known the playpark.

In the early 20th century, the highlight for the Village children was the Green maypole.

From the 1920's to the outbreak of the second World War, the owners of large houses took it in turn to annually host a garden fete which included the usual fun and games, cake and candy and a Bonnie Baby competition.

During the War, through the initiative of Colonel Kenneth Barge, the village green became the venue for annual Galas for such activities as Pillow fights, Walk the Plank, Drop a Penny to cover a coin in a tub of water, Tug of War, Sack Race, Egg & Spoon race, Three-Legged race,
the sale of fruit and vegetables donated from local gardens, guess the weight of a cake and how many sweets in a jar competitions.

It was with such fond memories that Provost Billy Petrie asked a local group about 20 years ago to reinstate a village Gala, and this they did in the present Gala field.

Unfortunately, there was no follow-up until a few years ago when Provost Petrie
asked the Community Council if they would promote the Gala day. This they did and to their credit it has been an outstanding success ever since.

A big thank you should go to the present Gala committee, who on behalf of the two Communities continue this fine tradition.

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The next Rhu and Shandon Gala is on 8 June 2013.

This page is the responsibility of Fiona Baker: fiona@scottish-archaeology.com


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