Cockburnspath Gala defies the weather

Flower Girls: Ellie, Catra, Grace and Erin at Coburnspath Gala crowning ceremony
Flower Girls: Ellie, Catra, Grace and Erin at Coburnspath Gala crowning ceremony

IT was fun and games at Cockburnspath on Saturday, when the village’s traditional annual gala day managed to defy the weather.

Experience has led the dedicated committee to prepare for weather disruption and they now have the crowning ceremony in the village hall - just to be on the safe side.

Standard Bearer Duncan carries the flag behind the pipe ban at the Co'path gala day

Standard Bearer Duncan carries the flag behind the pipe ban at the Co'path gala day

However, the rain showers that fell across the region held off for the procession of Queen elect Holly Ellis, accompanied by standard bearer Duncan Hardie, attendants Taylor Thompson, Suzanna Hammersley, Izzy McLean and Cody Swanston, ushers Jack Young, Tom Wight, Nathan Simpson, Angus Oliver, Rogan Paul and Jamie Brint. flower girls Gracie Scobie, Erin Docherty, Ellie Mackie, and Katrin Smith, and page boys Benjamin Robertson, Chay Gribben, Lauchlan Edge, Josh Young, Max Kirkhope and Joe Adie.

By popular demand the crowning ceremony was carried out by the guest of honour, June Armatage, who is due to retire at the end of this term after 25 years as a playground supervisor at the school, and she performed her duties well, officially getting the 2011 Cockburnspath Gala off to a great start.

The formal part of the day completed satisfactorily, everyone made their way outside to enjoy the wide range of entertainment laid on by the hard working committee.

“The rain stayed away and everything went as planned,” said one of the organisers Kathleen Cawley.

The crowning of Holly was carried out by retiring playground attendant June Armatage, who is leaving the school after 25years service

The crowning of Holly was carried out by retiring playground attendant June Armatage, who is leaving the school after 25years service

She added: “I would like to thank everyone who helped. We had a really good turn out and special thanks go to John and Sandra from the village shop and also special thanks to the guest of honour June Armatage.”

During the afternoon the crowds enjoyed the bouncy castle, quad bikes, food and drink, entertainers Chris Wish and local band Where’s George (formerly Yours Sincerely), the afternoon coming to a close around 5.30pm with a good time had by all.

Cockburnspath Gala Queen on the thrown, Holly Ellis

Cockburnspath Gala Queen on the thrown, Holly Ellis

Cockburnspath Gala Queen Holly Ellis's house was specially decorated for Gala Day

Cockburnspath Gala Queen Holly Ellis's house was specially decorated for Gala Day