Gala day approaches at Cockburnspath

Cockburnspath Gala Queen Rebekah McArthur and Standard Bearer Nicky Brown (top) getting set for the 2013 festival
Cockburnspath Gala Queen Rebekah McArthur and Standard Bearer Nicky Brown (top) getting set for the 2013 festival

Cockburnspath folk know how to throw a party and this weekend is gala time once again in the village.

Cockburnspath Gala is a proud and strong tradition for the village, taking place in June every year to celebrate the crowning of the Gala Queen.

This year’s gala queen is Rebekah McArthur, who will be accompanied by standard bearer Nicky Brown.

Events kick off with the grand procession around the village, at 1.30pm on Saturday, June 15, led this year by Duns Pipe Band.

Once the queen elect and her court arrive at the village hall the official crowning ceremony starts - Rebekah crowned by guest of honour Mrs M Craig.

With the ceremonial part of the day complete, the fun really begins at 2.30pm.

Throughout the afternoon there are fun and games for everyone - bouncy castle, animal man, funfair rides and face painting for the younger ones and a tug of war for the adults at 4pm.

When refreshments are called for a trip to the ice cream van wouldn’t go amiss, plus there is a constant supply of tea and coffees, plus a beer tent and live music playing.

For those of you who have been creative and entered the village’s scarecrow competition, you will be able to find out how you got on when the winner is announced towards the end of the gala fternoon at 4.30pm.

The day is rounded off with a ceilidh in the village hall from 7.30pm to 11pm (bring your own bottle).

Any prizes for the day can be handed into a committee member and home baking brought along on the day.​

If you want to volunteer to help during the day you are asked to contact Sue Young 01368 830322 or Lynne Bolton 01368 830452.

Fingers are well and truly crossed for good weather in Cockburnspath on Saturday to help the fun and games along.