Herring Queen to light up Eyemouth

Devon McNab, Eyemouth's 2013 Herring Queen.
Devon McNab, Eyemouth's 2013 Herring Queen.

The organisers of this year’s Eyemouth Herring Queen will be hoping for similar weather to Duns Reiver’s Week when the festival begins next Saturday, July 27.

Just like the opening of last year’s Reiver’s Week, the weather reeked havoc with the first few days of the 2012 Herring Queen event, with persistent rain and high winds spoiling a number of events on the programme.

But it’s onwards and upwards for the organising committee which boasts a few new faces for 2013.

Douglas Stewart is now in the chair, Jemma Landels is vice chair and Elaine Peakman has taken over secretarial duties.

And whilst there are new personnel at the helm, the event is bringing back an old tradition for this year’s event.

For the first time in a number of years a torch light parade will light up Eyemouth on the closing Saturday of Herring Queen, August 3, before the usual firework finale.

But there’s lots to look forward to before then, most importantly the crowning of this year’s queen, Devon McNab on Saturday, July 27.

Rain put paid to the traditional Herring Queen voyage from St Abbs to Eyemouth harbour last year so organisers are hoping for calm conditions so Devon and her court can take to the sea before she is officially installed as queen.

In the run up to the day’s main event, there will be a whole host of activities for the whole family on Eyemouth high street.

There is no gate charge for the entertainment which will start in the Home Arms car park with the Haven Fun Stars and continue with a puppeteer and magician.

Side shows will include a rodeo bull, bungee trampoline, face painting and balloon modelling.

And following Devon’s crowning, which will be preceded by a Battle of Britain flyover, there will be a ceilidh in the old Eyemouth high school on Saturday evening.

Other events during the week include a Sunday Street market, with a soundtrack of two stages of live music; a fancy dress competition on Monday; Eyemouth’s Got Talent on Tuesday; Deal or no Deal on Wednesday; a swimming gala on Thursday; music quiz on Friday and the famous Dry Boat race on Saturday.

Programmes are now available in shops around the town.