Statement from the Gala

The committee of Gibson St Gala would like to clarify their decision not to rent a stall to The Founders Trail/ Gallant Pioneers at this year’s event.

The use of the word “bigoted” came from a member of the public and is in no way a reflection of the views of the Gala Committee or anyone on it.

The Gala is a community event run by volunteers to provide a day of fun and relaxation for all the family. Volunteer organisers work hard over a number of months to raise funds in order to have a great Gala day which is free to the public. These fundraising endeavours make it possible to offer, for example, free activities and free entertainment for children.

The day has a wonderful atmosphere and has always received huge amounts of positive feedback from everyone involved.

After last year’s event there was some negative feedback about the presence of The Founders Trail and the associated football colours on display, so the decision was made not to have any team representation on the day this year.

The Gibson Street Gala relies on funding from local businesses and the support of the local community. The Gala fully supports Scottish football as a sport, but feels that this day is not the place to show affiliation to any particular team. This decision applies to all football teams.

Last year, The Founders Trail stall was well run and no one involved with the Gala had any issue with it.

The Gibson Street Gala is about bringing people together, to sing, dance, eat, drink and be entertained. The Gala welcomes everyone.

The committee certainly never intended to cause offence and apologises if its actions have been been misinterpreted.

It would be a great shame if the future of a gala for all the community were to be jeopardised by the response to a decision taken in good faith and without prejudice.


Grab yourself some tickets for our Raffle: £1 per ticket or £5 for ten.

Available to buy on the day or from the left bank, Stravaigin, Offshore and the Two Figs on Byres Road.

32” TV donated by Unite Student Accommodation
2 night midweek stay throughout Edinburgh Festival donated by Unite Student Accommodation
£75 voucher for Alice Rocks
Discounted vouchers for Mia Café
Subway Voucher
Meal Voucher for The Left Bank
Voucher for Avenue G
Voucher for Rainbow Rooms
His and Hers Watches
And many more…

Till next year!

Thanks to everyone for such a great Gala. It was a fantastic day with plenty of fun, activities, art and events.

There was a little rain at the end watching the Byres Road Big Band but it all added to the fantastic atmosphere on the day.

A big thanks to all the volunteer organisers, as well as all the performers, participants and events’ coordinators on the day itself. Gibson Street Gala brings together the hard work, dedication and creativity of all these individuals to make a great day and we thank one and all!

A big thanks also to all our Sponsors, who help us maintain the Gala as a free event.

You can join the Flickr Pool if you took pictures of the Gala. We will also be posting photos that Sam, our Gala Photographer took.

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If you have any feedback, good or bad, we welcome it all. There is a survey to fill in or you can email comments via the contact us form too.