The event has been blighted by poor weather in the past but so far the elements have been kind to this year’s Chirnside Civic Week.
Star of the show for 2014, Gala Queen Kacey Moffat is leading the celebrations and got her moment in the spotlight on Sunday when she was crowned in front of an enthusiastic crowd who gathered in Windram Park for Gala Day.
She was joined for the special occasion by a court of local youngsters featuring her two attendants Cheyanne Wakelam and Courtney Lamont; crown bearer Rory Williams, herald Michael Mackinnon, consort Robert Cummings, Fairy Queen Tess Crilly; Fairy Queen’s consort Connor Lamont; P1 boy and girl Iain James and Katy Chalmers; P2 boy and girl Harris Benson and Kenzie Halliday; P3 boy and girl Charlie Jones and Maisie Crilly; P4 boy and girl Lewis Jackson and Carys Runciman; P5 boy Micah Chapman and Chantelle Lamont and P6 boy and girl Thomas Weeks and Sophie Wood.
And although it was Kacey’s crowning that got this year’s civic week officially underway there had already been plenty of action the day before at the children’s five-a-side competition organised by Chirnside Football Club.
After some hotly contested matches the eventual winners were Stewart Kinghorn, Hamish Reynolds, Robert Derris, Ryan Muir and Max Reynolds who saw off some stiff competition from runners up Ben Reynolds, Thomas Weeks, Luke Simpson, Millie Warnock and Dylan Muir. The good weather held strong for one of the most popular events of civic week- Saturday night’s Torchlight Parade which started at Windram Park and made its way to the Common Good Park behind the bowling club for some fireworks to end the night with a bang.
Revellers were back in force at Windram Park on Sunday, when following Kacey’s crowning, there was an afternoon of entertainment featuring funfair rides, a children’s petting zoo and a performance from High Tide.
There was also a hog roast to tickle the tastebuds and an opportunity for local businesses to raise their profile by having a stall in the park.
Eyes went down at the community centre on Monday night for some bingo and there is still plenty to look forward to between now and Saturday, including Chirnside’s Got Talent.
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