Tay Road Bridge: Gala Day 1966

This wonderful set of photographs was taken in 1966 by Cyril Wilson a keen amateur photographer who processed and developed his photographs himself. His daughter Sheila Christie has kindly allowed us to show them on the website.

The road bridge was opened on Thursday 18th August 1966 and to celebrate the event a grand gala day was held in Newport on Saturday 20th August. The gala was held in the grounds of Tayfield.

A highlight of the day was the fancy dress parade. The parade gathered in Scott Street where judging took place. Our first photograph shows the procession making its way down the High Street, led here by the winning float. This was the Newport Old Folks Club entry, as the Fifie Passengers Past and Present, and you can see the float close-up in the following two photographs.

Next we have Miss Tay Road Bridge (Brenda Falconer). She had been chosen the previous evening at a contest during a grand dance in the Blyth Hall. Accompanied by Provost William Smith she led the fancy dress procession through the village then went on to open the gala at Tayfield.

Most of the remaining photographs feature the Kinbrae Park float, where it looks like as many of the Mums and children as possible squeezed onto the float.

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