Caitlin takes centre stage at Cockburnspath festivities

IN a welcome reversal of fortunes from last year, the sun shone over Cockburnspath on Saturday in time for the village's annual Gala Day.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 16th June 2010, 4:48 pm

Last year the rain put a dampener of proceedings but the sun had his hat on this time around meaning that the event came back in style for 2010.

Saturday's leading lady was this year's Gala Queen Caitlin Morrison and keeping it in the family, she was joined on the crowning dias by younger sister Lauren who was a flower girl.

Her other courtiers were, maids: Rhea Essery, Kaleena Hanvadge, Ellie Smith, Diane Walker, Laura Clayton; standard bearer- Jack Clark; boys- Aaron and Dylan Gillies; flower girl- Jessica Walker; boys- Ben Miller, Jamie Runciman, Keiron Campbell, Joe McCabe and Marc Yule.

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The job of crowning Caitlin was bestowed on Cockburnspath Primary school teacher Veronica Levy. It was a special moment for Mrs Levy as she will soon by saying goodbye to Caitlin and her fellow P7s when they move onto high school.

Caitlin's crowning kickstarted a busy afternoon of events. Plenty of fun was had on four wheels with quad bikes, while others preferred to make the most of their own two feet on the bouncy castle or practice their aim with some paintballing.

And on hand to keep everyone thoroughly entertained were stilt walker and magician Roy Rae and local country singer Phil Bailey and his band.

All the traditional favourites were on hand as well including a tombola, cocunut shy and car boot sale and there were plenty of takers for the bar and disco in the evening.

Chair of the organising committee, Kathleen Cawley said the good weather ensured that everyone had a terrific time.

"After last year, we were hoping for some good weather and we couldn't have asked for better.

"We were worried with the start of Dunbar Civic Week attendance might have been low but we must have had at least 150 people here.

"Caitlin had an absolutely fantastic day and there was something for everyone to enjoy. It was great to see children and parents dancing together at the family disco and I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along and also to the people who performed and donated prizes.

"This was my third year on the committee and things are starting to click into place now. We're all hoping we get the same good weather next year!"