The theme of the 2014 fun day was ‘Old Skool’. Bonnyrigg Hub wanted to provide a low cost, family-friendly day out, right in the heart of Bonnyrigg where people could connect and enjoy a wide range of entertainment and company.
The huge range of events catered to all interests and ages; there was: Baby Ballet, bouncy castles (thanks to Cala homes), a pet show (thanks to the Dick Vets for providing a judge), a skate park workshop (thanks to Transgression), face painting and glitter tattoos, badge making, cupcake decorating, slack lining (this is walking along on a thick cloth strung between two trees), a raffle and tombola, old-school games – (Hook the duck, Hit the cans, Blind man’s bluff, Pin the tail, Wet sponge, Tug of war), 5-a-side football, American football, beat the ice hockey goalie, Jump rope, parachute games, sack races, egg and spoon races and a fancy dress competition.
Generous donations flooded in from many, many organisations, individuals and local businesses. Various local businesses and charity groups had stalls. Borders Railway, Lothian Fire Brigade, and the Police all attended. Thanks also to Midlothian Council, whose staff pulled out all the stops to help the Hub arrange for the Fun Day set up in the park.
Among the Fun Day team, there was a feeling of immense pride at collectively organising something so big for the community and huge excitement to see how it would turn out. To go from six weeks of planning to having such a successful event is an amazing experience. Possibly even the Hub team were surprised by how well the day went. It shows what a small group of like-minded, community-inspired people can achieve. The funny thing is, that when the idea was first hatched we were a rather dejected bunch, reeling from the news that Bonnyrigg Hub’s bid for the Leisure Centre had fallen through. Our success is the result of true community-mindedness. Special thanks to Claire Laurenson who project managed the event and had the original vision for it. If you have vision and some drive or even just some willingness to step out into the unknown and try something new - you know who to call! Bonnyrigg Hub.