Sun at last for Eyemouth

EHQ Rachel Lauder and her maids enter the four legged race
EHQ Rachel Lauder and her maids enter the four legged race

Eyemouth Herring Queen Week got off to a damp start when the 2011 Eyemouth Herring Queen Rachel Lauder became only the second Herring Queen in 67 years to be crowned indoors - but the sun did come out eventually, and shone on festivities towards the end of the week.

There were some unusual-looking characters about town early on in the week thanks to a good turn out for the fancy dress parade, and luckily the sun came out on Saturday to keep those who were out and about in their pyjamas for the Pyjama Parade - including the Eyemouth Pipe Band - warm.

Other highlights included the carless treasure hunt on Wednesday, four-legged races on Saturday, and traditional skiff racing in the harbour, organised by the Eyemouth skiff project.

And although there were patches of rain throughout the week, the people of Eyemouth and visitors alike enjoyed a packed week of fun and festivities.

As Herring Queen Committee chair Davina Runciman said, you can organise everything but the weather, and the week was yet again a resounding success, despite the frequent showers.

“The weather picked up a bit in the end,” Davina said.

“The Monday was just awful but it did pick up eventually.

“A lot of folk didn’t attend because the weather was so bad, but we had a good week anyway.

“I’d like to say a huge big thank you to the committee that kept their spirits up and kept going in all the rain and bad weather, and everybody who supported the week.”

This year’s Herring Queen week came to a spectacular end on Saturday when Eyemouth was lit up with fireworks set off from the beach. Organisers are now taking a well-earned rest - before their thoughts turn to next year.