Gemma is all set for her big day

Gemma Joult who has been named the 2012 Chirnside Gala Queen
Gemma Joult who has been named the 2012 Chirnside Gala Queen

ALL those involved with this year’s Chirnside Civic Week will be hoping for some fine weather as things get going this Sunday, June 17 and continue through until Saturday, June 23.

There’s plenty to keep all ages occupied at this year’s event and a fortnight after HRH Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 60 year reign, an excited young girl in the village is ready to begin hers.

Chirnside Primary pupil Gemma Gault has been chosen as the 2012 Gala Queen and her Kirkin’ at Chirnside Parish Church is sure to be one of the highlights of a busy week.

But the fun actually gets going the day before, literally kicking off in style with a 7-a-side football tournament at Comrades Park on Saturday afternoon.

And then once the winners have been decided, its on to Windram Park in the evening for a Torchlight Parade. Anyone wanting to buy a torch for the occasion can do so from 9.45pm in the park.

Fireworks will close proceedings on Saturday night and act as the perfect curtain raiser to Gemma’s big day when she will be joined by a court of all ages.

Playing their part on the day are consort - James Longstaff; herald - Stewart Kinghorn; crown bearer - Ewan Harvey; attendants - Jasmin Pattendan, Rosie Evans; Fairy Queen - Dulcie Rutherford; Fairy Queen’s consort - Will Runciman; P6 girl - Selina Eaton; P6 boy - Ben Forman; P5 girl - Toni Hope; P5 boy - Kieran Logan; P4 girl - Abbie Wood; P4 boy - Rowan Harvey; P3 girl - Katie Donoghue; P3 boy - Stuart Weeks; P2 girl - Millieanna Foster; P2 boy - Kyle Mann; P1 girl - Niamh Lauder; P1 boy - Keone Reid.

The Kirkin’ of the Gala Queen will be followed by a toasting in the Robin’s Nest at 12 noon and a parade followed by Gemma’s crowning in Windram Park at 1pm.

Gemma’s big moment will be followed by an afternoon of events including a fancy dress competition, an appearance by Gladys Chucklebutty and other attractions, the children’s ones operating a token only basis.These will be on sale on Saturday and Sunday itself.

Following Saturday’s 7-a-side football, Comrades Park will host a kids 5-a-side competition on Monday while anyone fancying a flutter can get themselves along to a poker night at the Robin’s Nest.

Competitors will need to be handy with their rackets on Tuesday evening when the finals of Chirnside’s ongoing tennis tournament take place and away from the courts the sporting theme continues with darts and pool in the community centre.

Chirnside Bowling Club are hosting a bowls competition on Wednesday, June 20, with entry £1 per person.

Plenty of strength will be required for the Truck Pull at Crosshill on Thursday night. Teams of eight are being invited to compete with entry set at £10 a team.

If that sounds too much like hard work, why not see if your numbers come up at the bingo night in the community centre. The event is for over-18s only.

There are clues to be followed and prizes to be found in Friday’s family Treasure Hunt which will meet at the football pitch car park ready for the off at 5.30pm.

The winners will be revealed in the community centre at 8pm and if you don’t get lucky in the treasure hunt you can always put your grey matter to the test at the quiz which will follow.

It’s a competition once entered by members of the Royal family when it was a popular TV show and you can follow in their footsteps in ‘It’s A Knockout’ on Saturday, June 23 in Windram Park.

Rather appropriately for the current climate the event will have a Olympic and Diamond Jubilee theme.

The Ross Robertson mile will end the afternoon before a family night begins in the community centre with a disco and kids games.

And Civic Week 2012 will draw to a close with a Gala Dance with music by High Tide during which the prizes for the Grand Prize Draw will be handed out.

Raffle tickets are 20p each and prizes up for grabs include a 19” flatscreen TV; two tickets for Kevin Bridges; lunch for two at the Allanton Inn and a fourball round of golf at Eyemouth.

This year’s Civic Week colours are Fuschia and Ivory and there will be prizes awarded for the Best Decorated Houses.

And in the meantime pick up an official Civic Week programme from Mitchells Newsagents.