Scarecrows line up for gala fun

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Pretty pick-ups, tarted-up trucks and lovely lorries will be joining tomorrow’s float parade through Fionnphort at the start of this year’s Ross of Mull and Iona gala.

Anyone without wheels is invited to don fancy dress and join in on foot when the parade sets off at 7pm.

Children’s entertainers and circus act supremos Funky Chicken will kick off the fun. The Creel hut beside the ferry to Iona is putting on ‘Chips and Choons’ and there will be live music and a barbecue at the Keel Row Restaurant.

Visitors heading to the celebrations will also be able to go scarecrow-spotting. So far there are about 40 of them listed on what could possibly the UK’s longest scarecrow trail starting at Tioran in Ardmeanach and ending about 20 miles away on Iona.

The idea of retired teacher Jack Degnan, the gala, now in its fifth year, features two weeks of fun and entertainment for islanders and visitors.

‘We think we’re possibly the longest scarecrow trail in the UK. There’s going to be lots for people to do during the two weeks regardless of any inclement weather,’ said Mr Degnan.

Activities include Mull-based theatre and filmmaker Alasdair Satchel running a two-day filmmaking workshop for older primary and secondary school children sponsored by Mull Eagle Watch.

Gala programmes, including details of the scarecrow trail, are on sale in shops and garages.

Other events include food events, beach games, sandcastle building, The Ross of Mull Art Exhibition, art and craft workshops, guided wildlife walks and more.

Businesses have been generously supporting the grand raffle for this year with excellent prizes, said Mr Degnan.

The winners will be drawn at this year’s Bunessan Show bringing the gala fortnight to an end on August 2 with a dance that night in Bunessan Hall.

The gala has its own Facebook page to keep everyone updated.


Last year’s scarecrow winner at the Ross of Mull and Iona Gala was this upcycled dragon. NO_T28_mullscarecrow01-winner 2018