Chirnside set for week of fun

Charlotte Craze has been named as Chirnside Gala Queen for the 2016 festival
Charlotte Craze has been named as Chirnside Gala Queen for the 2016 festival

Chirnside Civic Week will get underway on Sunday when young Charlotte Craze will be crowned the 2016 Gala Queen at a ceremony in Windram Park.

Sunday’s festivities start with the Kirkin O’ the Queen in the parish Church at 11.15am followed by the Toasting at 12.15pm, where parents and friends of the court are invited to the village’s community centre to toast the court.

SBBN Chirnside Civic Week 2016 Fairy Queen Alesha Muir

SBBN Chirnside Civic Week 2016 Fairy Queen Alesha Muir

That will be followed by a walking parade that will make its way to the crowning ceremony in Windram Park, accompanied by the Coldstream Pipe Band. The crowning ceremony will begin at 1.15pm, followed by fun races for kids, and opportunities to enjoy a bouncy castle and playbus in Windram Park.

Charlotte’s court for her big day is as follows: Consort - Andy Kerr; Crown Bearer - Charlie Stewart; Herald - Sam Brady; Attendants - Karina Ciekala and Anna Brown.

They will be accompanied by Jonathan Kinsella and Natalia Malich (from Primary 6) and Samirs Blumtis and Sally-May North (from Primary 5).

Civic week convenor Gemma Moffat was preparing to welcome everyone to the celebrations, which have been a fixture of the summer months since 1979.

Writing in the programme this week, she paid tribute to the work of last year’s Gala Queen and Consort, Hannah Black and Nicholas Warnock.

“I would like to thank Hannah and Nicholas for representing Chirnside in 2015 and congratulate Charlotte and her Consort Andy.

“I hope that you and your court enjoy your reign.

“I would also like to thank the volunteers and members of this year’s committee for their hard work throughout the year. These people dedicate their time to making all the events run smoothly and that a fun time is had by all.

“Our sponsors also play a big part in our festival, without them a lot of events may not be able to take place.”

Gemma summed up: “Finally I would like to thank the people of Chirnside.

“I’d like to thank you for your continued support at our fundraising events throughout the year and all your donations. The support is very much appreciated.

“Fingers crossed for some sunshine through the week and hope you all have a great time.”

Also attending events will be Fairy Queen Alesha Muir, her Consort Sebastian Swiatek, and attendants Lewis-Mark Davidson, Keira Pemble, Aidan Moffat, naomi Trussler, Ryan Duffy, Mia Flemming, Flora Sidney and Aiden Wood, all from the Primary 1-Primary 7 classes at Chirnside Primary School.