It’s fun and games all the way

Ellie Jackson has been named as Gala Queen, pictured sat at her desk at Chirnside Primary School
Ellie Jackson has been named as Gala Queen, pictured sat at her desk at Chirnside Primary School

YOUNG Ellie Jackson will be looking forward to Sunday (June 19) when she will crowned the 2011 Chirnside Gala Queen.

The hard working committee are now putting the final touches to a varied programme of events for Civic Week and convenor James Bolton is very grateful to his committee for all their efforts.

James added: “This is our 33rd year and I would like to thank Chloe and Ben for representing us in 2010 and congratulate Ellie and Owen on being elected for 2011.

On behalf of the committee I would like to thank the people of Chirnside for their continued support. They make Civic Week a success and I hope everyone enjoys themselves. We will be keeping our fingers crossed that the weather looks favourably on us.

“I would also like to say a heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors who are invaluable.”

This year’s festivities literally kick-off on the evening of Friday, June 17, with the over 40s football match between the golden oldies of Duns and Chirnside at Comrades Park.

A Band Night will also be held in the Community Centre starting at 7.30pm. Entry is £2.

Sunday (June 19) is of course Gala Day and Gala Queen Ellie Jackson will be officially ‘Kirked’ at Chirnside Parish Church at 11am. The ‘Toasting’ will follow at 12 noon in Robin’s Nest.

The Parade starts at 12.30pm culminating in Windram Park at 1pm for the crowning ceremony.

Ellie’s consort will be Owen James with her herald Warren Hutton, crown-bearer William Mortimer and attendants Scarlet Hardy and Alexandra Vallance.

Fairy Queen this year is India Sadler and her consort will be Max Young.

Other members of the Gala Queen’s Court are: P6 - Jasmin Little and Rian Paulin; P5 - Molly MacDonald and Ben Langley; P4 - Rachel Spark and Billy Ramsbottom; P3 - Jessica Scott and Ross Spark; P2 - Charlie Craze and Aaron Richardson; P1 - Georgia Scott and Ryan Muir.

Gala Day fun and games will include bouncy castles, laser quest, cliff hanger, assault course, shows, hog roast and much more.

On Monday the five-a-side football for primary school and high school ages will be held in Comrades Park starting at 6pm and at 6.30pm a seven-a-side event will be played between Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Hibs supporters.

A Poker Evening will be held in the Waterloo Arms at 8.30pm.

The tennis finals will be held on Tuesday at 6.30pm and the Darts and Pool will start at 7pm in the Community Centre.

Wednesday sees the Bowls competition starting at 6.30pm.

On Thursday evening Magician Peter Pepper will entertain from 6pm in the Community Centre.

A Truck Pull will be held at Crosshil starting at 7pm and its eyes down at 7.45pm or the Bingo Night in the Community Centre.

The ever popular Car Treasure Hunt sets off from the footbal pitch car park at 5.30pm on Friday night and at 9pm an Adult Quiz will be staged in the Community Centre. Quizmaster for the night is Pete Buckley.

There is sure to be fun and games in Windram Park on Saturday afternoon when ‘Soap Operas’ is the theme for this year’s ‘It’s A Knockout’. The hilarity begins at 1pm.

The Gala Dance will be held in the Community Centre starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £5 (including pies and peas). Music is supplied by Latitude 56.

This year’s colours to decorate your gardens and windows are fuchsia and ivory. There will be prizes for the best decorated houses. This is open to all residents of the village and the winners will be announced at the Gala Dance.