Chirnside Civic Week defies wet weather

Chirnside Gala. Crowning.
Chirnside Gala. Crowning.

ALTHOUgh the weather could have been kinder to this year’s event, Chirnside Civic Week is in full swing and has already attracted revellers of all ages to a variety of attractions in the village.

Conditions weren’t great on Saturday afternoon, so football fans in the village had to make do with watching Euro 2012 on the television rather than participating in the 7-a-side tournament which was due to kick start civic week for 2012.

The weather slightly improved on Sunday but rain still made its presence felt meaning that this year’s Gala Queen Gemma Gault was crowned in a marquee in Windram Park where she shared her special moment with her court including consort - James Longstaff; herald - Stewart Kinghorn; crown bearer - Ewan Harvey; attendants - Jasmin Pattendan and Rosie Evans; Fairy Queen - Dulcie Rutherford and Fairy Queen’s consort- Will Runciman.

Rain didn’t stop play in the park after Gemma’s coronation. Although conditions were a bit on the miserable side there were still plenty of people intent on having fun and the fancy dress competition and an appearance by Gladys Chucklebutty were among the highlights.

Monday brought a mixed bag of weather but conditions were good enough to allow the 7-a-side competition to be contested by the four teams who entered.

The younger footballing talent of Chirnside also got a chance to shine in the primary school age 5-a-side tournament, which produced some great matches with 14 different teams in the mix.

And those who fancied a flutter were able to round the night off with some poker in the Robin’s Nest.

Tennis made the headlines for the wrong reasons at the weekend due to David Nalbandian’s conduct in the Queens final but there were plenty of players keen to make a name for themselves in a good way in the tennis finals which took place at the football pitch courts on Tuesday night.

And for those who wanted to keep their sporting prowess indoors, the community centre’s darts and pool evening proved a popular draw.

Last night saw a keenly contested bowls competition and come rain or shine there is sure to be some rivalry in tonight’s truck pull which will get going at Crosshill at 7pm.

As civic week draws to a close, events to look out for on Friday and Saturday include a treasure hunt for both adults and children; an Olympic and Diamond Jubilee themed ‘It’s a Knockout’ and a gala dance with music from High Tide.

Civic week convenor, James Bolton, whilst acknowledging the weather hadn’t exactly been what he and his committee were hoping for, said they were still intent on making it a week to remember.

“All of the events have been supported well. Obviously if we’d had a few scorching hot days the turn out would probably be better but the weather hasn’t dampened any spirits and Gemma seems to be settling into her role really well.”