Maid Shannon to take centre stage in Greenlaw

Greenlaw maid 2012 Shannon Hirst (left) presented with her sash by 2011's maid Hannah Hay (right)
Greenlaw maid 2012 Shannon Hirst (left) presented with her sash by 2011's maid Hannah Hay (right)

ONCE again we find ourselves in the thick of the local festival season and next up is Greenlaw with this year’s Maid, Shannon Hirst taking centre stage this weekend.

She will receive the crown from the outgoing Maid Hannah Hay at an event which will herald a few days of great activity in the village with entertainment for all the family.

To get everyone in the festival mood, entertainment will be laid on Friday night, the eve of Shannon’s crowning.

Things will get going at 7pm with stints from Yoo Hoo and Ethan Mann, a DJ from Dun-based Generate Radio. There will be a bar and the music will continue until 11.30pm.

There’s an early start for fishing enthusiasts on Saturday with a fishing competition starting at 6am.

The village green will start to be set up from 8am (volunteers welcome) so everything is looking ship shape in time from Shannon’s big moment at 12.30pm.

The crowning ceremony will be carried out on the Town Hall steps by Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Major Alexander Trotter and will be followed by the laying of commemorative wreaths at the war memorial.

Shannon’s court includes: senior attendant - Karly Pike; herald - John Lamb; ushers - Aidan Smart, Andrew Hume, Matthew Baker and Ben Sharp and attendants Megan Muir, Lauren Todd, Kirsten Denholm and Melissa Foster.

There will then be a procession to the east and west bridges, led by Duns Pipe Band following which the afternoon’s action gets underway.

Spectacles to look forward to during the course of the afternoon include Billy’s Magic Show, bingo a children’s fancy dress parade and some Scottish country dancing.

A new feature to this year’s festival is a Battle of the Bands competition, starting at 2pm.

One event which has proven particularly popular in recent years is Greenlaw’s Got Talent. And anyone hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of George Sampson and Diversity should ready their act for 7pm.

Things get going in traditional style on Sunday with a festival family service, taken by Rev Nicholson, where coffee and bacon rolls will also be served.

Greenlaw’s pooches will be hoping to look perfect for 12.30pm when the dog show will be judged.

Back to the humans of Greenlaw and if anyone fancies throwing some pretty mean shapes you’ll get the perfect opportunity at a zumba and hip-hop session starting at 1.30pm.

This will be followed by children’s sports, where youngsters will be hoping to capture some of the Olympic spirit which has swept through Berwickshire of late.

But if that sounds too much like hard work why not let a duck do all the work? Sticking with festival tradition, this year’s finale will once again be a duck race.Look out for posters dotted around Greenlaw to see how to enter.

Once the winning duck has crossed the line everyone will gather for the prize giving ceremony at 4pm.

Trophies handed out will include the Wilma Moscrop Memorial Trophy for Greenlaw’s Community Doodecacathalon; the Lanie Purves Trophies for fastest under-16 local boy and girl and the Hotel Trophy for the person/group who has contributed most to the festival.