Fun and laughter all the way as Herring Queen draws to a close

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Eyemouth was a hive of activity last week as the town’s annual Herring Queen festival drew to a close in fine fashion.

After 2013 Queen Devon McNab had been crowned in glorious sunshine on the opening day, the weather was typically unpredictable for the first half of the week-long event with the fancy dress parade finishing just before the rain could ruin any costumes and Tuesday night’s ‘Eye Factor’ thankfully being held in the warm confines of the EU Church as the rain poured outside.

Herring Queen is known for its variety of events suitable for all the family and as well as getting decked out in some weird and wonderful costumes for the fancy dress, adults were quick to get involved with later events in the week including Deal or No Deal, a Herring Queen quiz at Oblo which was won by The Fossils and a music quiz at The Fleet.

There was also an influx of grown ups in onesies for Saturday’s annual pyjama parade with Eyemouth Pipe Band leading the way in style.

The welcome return of real torchlights lit up Eyemouth as around 1000 people took part before a host of fireworks lit up the night sky.

There have been declarations made around the town that this year’s Herring Queen was one of the best and the event even got its own segment on the local news last Thursday night.

Devon and her maids Carly, Anne, Erin and Katie, did Eyemouth proud and if first impressions are anything to go by it’s a sure thing they’ll continue to do so during their year in office.

Herring Queen vice chair Jemma Landels commented: “This year’s event surpassed the committee’s expectations in so many ways.

“It looked like it would absolutely pour down during the fancy dress but I’m sure people would have come with their umbrellas even if it did.

“We couldn’t believe 140 people got dressed up. And then there was the fact that we gave 200 peace picnics out before the crowning ceremony.

“An event like Herring Queen just goes to show what can happen when people come together.

“I’m proud of my town and I’m sure many others are as well.”

Results from the week’s many events were:

Fancy Dress

Best dressed buggy: Jed Walker; Best Group- Ailsa, Roma, Lia & Amy (‘Rollercoaster’); Adults- Rev Haddow (Darth Maul); 0-2 years- Katy Blake (mermaid); 3-5 years- Amy White (mermaid); 6-8 years- Sebastian Aitchison (Mad Hatter); 9-11 years- Rosie Mitchell (ice cream); 12-16 years- Tyrel (Happy Meal).

Best Dressed House- The Landels, Broad Street; Best Dressed Boat- Sam Morrison.

Sandcastle Competition

Under-5s- Payton McInnes; 6-9 years- Mia Jappy; Over-10s- Helen Kernohan; Groups- Kirsty and Eilidh Ross-Baker.

Baby Show: 0-6 months- Jed Walker; 7-12 months- Mia Burgon; 13-18 months- Lucia Cotton; 19-24 months- Levi Ferguson.

Pet Show

Large Dogs- Harlow owned by Megan Ritchie; Medium Dogs- Tilly owned by Alisha Coolage; Small Dogs- Penny owned by William Moffat; Puppies- Yanky owned by Hannah Bryant; Conkers owned by Georgiana & Charlotte Simpson; Rabbits & Rodents- Beano Beavis owned by Emily Waugh (overall winner).

Ten Pin Bowling

Under-12s- Sofia Chemali; Over-12s- Carly Robertson.

Photo Competition

Children- Alex Warrington; Adults- Margaret Renstead.

Scavenger HunT

8 and under- CJ Hunter; 9 and over- Ninja Smeller.

Pie Eating Contest

Men’s- David Robertson; Ladies- Claire Cromarty.

Dry Boat Race

Ross’ Demons (7 minutes); best dressed- Eyemouth Rowing Club.