ALTHOUGH the weather at times did its best to dampen spirits for this year’s Eyemouth Herring Queen festival, it held off enough for revellers to enjoy a busy closing weekend packed full of activities for all ages.
The rain we’ve become accustomed to over the last month or so made its presence felt for the opening day of this year’s event, preventing this year’s Queen, Heather Smith and her court arriving at the harbour on board Eyemouth lifeboat ‘Barclay Crusader’ as others have done in the past.
However, the organising committee were determined that Heather wouldn’t miss out on this tradition completely and she and her court, including maids Alana Crowe, Zoe Holmes, Rebecca Mark and Kiera Robb took to the water last Saturday as everyone was getting ready for the closing night’s events.
She was accompanied by her very proud dad Terry Smith and two pipers from Eyemouth Pipe Band who piped her into the harbour where there was a large crowd waiting to greet her.
The cheering crowd was led by the retiring Queen Rachel Lauder and her court and the party then paraded along the harbour and the Bantry to present the prizes for events that had taken place throughout the week before the evening closed with a pyjama parade and firework display.
Herring Queen Committee member Wendy Lough, said Saturday was the perfect tonic for everybody after a wet first weekend, and that Heather certainly did everybody proud. She added that the committee had received great feedback about the new events they included in the 2012 programme.
Fancy Dress, Overall winner - Box of Popcorn (Caitlin Lauder); Buggies - 1. Eyemouth Herring Queen (Grace Gillie), 2. Fireman Sam (Hayden Brown), 3. Mrs Clause (Kourtney Cowe); 0-3 years - 1. Boxer (Sophie Crowe), 2. Mary Poppins (Holly Drummond Cowe), 3. Spiderman (Aaron Purvis); 4-10 years- 1. The Porridge Oats Man (Ben Gillie), 2. Bag of Jelly Beans (Karla Rutherford), 3. A boat (Kade Blake); 11-16 years - 1. A Box of Popcorn (Caitlin Lauder); 2. Flying Doctors (Sophie Ritchie); 3. Sponge Bob Square Pants (Ailsa Landels); Groups - 1. Village People (Cath, Pat, Sarah, Winnie and Isobel); 2. Box of handmade crayons (Roma, Katie, Alex); 3. Catch of the day (Joelle, Sonny and Oliver); Adults - 1. The Man from Morocco (Jim Windram), 2. Bart and Marge Simpson (Cameron Crombie and Anne Mark), 3. The All Weather Whirrlie Gig (Lib Windram).
Best Dressed Windows: 1. FMA, 2. BAVS, 3. Border Carpets and Loughs the Bakers
Pet show: Overall winner - Gillie (hedgehog) Small Dog - 1. Rocco, 2. Freddie, 3. Ruby; Medium Dogs- 1. Cathy, 2. equal Bruce and Teddy, 3. Kenzie; Large Dogs - 1. Missy, 2. Guiness, 3. Lurcher; Cats - Messi; Rabbits and Guinea Pigs - 1. Fudge, 2. Acorn, 3. Rodney; Any other pets - 1. Gillie, 2. Donald and Ducky (ducks) 3. Timmy (tortoise).
Darts: winners - Kenny Porter and Jimmy Thomson, runners up- Gary Gullen and Des Renton.
E’yece’: Over 10s - 1. Roma Peakman and Ailsa Landels; 2. Alice Elwood, 3. Miranda McFarlane; Under 10s - Tamara McFarlane, Layla Crowe, Sebastian Aitchison.
Treasure Hunt: 7s and under - 1. Hazel Dougal, 2. Ainslie, 3. Nicole Johnstone; 8s and over - 1. Leah Crowe, 2. Hanna Ritchie; 3. Tamara McFarlane.
Best Dressed Boat- The Kayleigh; Best Dressed House of Past and Present Courts- The Holmes in The Avenue; Best Dressed House with no Connection to past or present courts – The Dysons in Pocklaw Slap. The Million Pound Drop: Kids - Isla Purvis and Jack Moodie; Adults - Susie Johnson and Sammy Dyson. Colouring Competition: Deon Smith, Olivia Smith, Tamara McFarlane; Ten Pin Bowling: Kiera Robb and TJ Scougall
Beatle Drive: Jacob Ellwood
Baby Show: 0-6 months – Isobella Smith, Leoni Pringle, Keir Gillie; 7-12 months - Keagan McCall, Kourtney Cowe, Leevi Ferguson; 13-18 months - James Cunningham, Carson Corr, Madeline Giffen; 19-24 months – Kayleigh Scott, Layla Teeley, Caeian Corr.
50’s 60’s 70’s and 80’s Music Quiz: Team Aguilera, Soul Sisters, Double Duce; booby prize - Fish and Chicks. 50/50 Raffle at the Ceilidh: Steven Sinton
Nature Trail pictures – Roma Peakman, Alex Renton, Dani Peakman. Swimming Gala: Handicap cup - Dylan Thomas, Elenor Gracie, James Thompson, Euan Thompson; Open Championship – Toby Douglas, Elenor Gracie, James Thompson, Euan Thompson. Four legged Bantry Challenge: Over 11’s - Bee Lion Mouse, Tutu Girls, Pink and Perfect. Under 11’s - Little Monkeys, MT2, Sintan+1. Booby prize - Ninjas; Fancy Dress – Bee Lion Mouse.
Dry Boat Race: Venetion Blinds, Wallys, Pirates vs Sailors; Fancy Dress - Pirates vs Sailors .