Eyemouth Herring Queen set to be bigger and better

JULY 7-14, 2012, is set to be the biggest and best Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival to date.

Following the AGM meeting of the Eyemouth Herring Queen committee last week, an influx of fresh and enthusiastic support from locals has set the ball rolling for a festival with more gusto than ever before.

Through this expanded committee and strong sense of community, the iconic event in the Eyemouth calendar will provide even more involvement for locals and visitors alike.

The committee have stressed that the unique history and traditions of the festival will remain untouched, however, the crowning is set to be brought back into the centre of town, and the events programme expanded to get people of all ages enjoying the festivities.

Wendy Lough, who has taken on the role of Herring Queen publicist, told the Berwickshire News: “The 2012 programme is going to have something for everyone.

“It’s going to be a great way to get everyone in the community involved, and we hope all the locals, businesses and tourists will get in the spirit and join in the fun.’

The festival dates back to 1939 in Eyemouth, and is a long-standing success within the town.

The weather wasn’t too kind on this year’s event with rain and winds welcoming 2011 Herring Queen Rachel Lauder as she made her way from the harbour to Gunsgreen for her crowning ceremony.

The weather also put a dampner on a few of the festivities but it certainly didn’t dampen people’s spirits.