Larges crowds see Cheryl crowned Eyemouth Herring Queen

FOR the second year in a row, the weather was mixed for the opening weekend of Eyemouth's Herring Queen Festival but as ever it did little to deter people from joining in with the fun.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:45 am

The event which is traditionally the curtain raiser to a packed week is the crowning of the Herring Queen and this year was no different as 2010 Queen Cheryl Forman made her way from the harbour to the main stage at Gunsgreen Basin on Saturday afternoon for her big moment.

The job of escorting Cheryl to the platform was bestowed on coxswain of Eyemouth Lifeboat, George Walker and alongside her were her Maids of Honour - Tanya Allen, Brooke Dougal, Amy Laidlaw and Daisy Watt; sailors - Ewan Horsburgh and Liam Ritchie; trainbearers - Rhianne Lillie, Megan Ritchie and Cerys Parker and Lady in Waiting - Lana Gold.

After enjoying a successful year in the role it was down to 2009 Herring Queen Leoke Spouse to crown Cheryl and herald the start of this year's Festival.

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There was plenty to keep people entertained over that side of the harbour with a steel band, Punch and Judy show and music from AM Entertainment.

And music could heard in Eyemouth well into the night as people got their dancing shoes on for a ceilidh at the old High School.

To say things were a bit breezy by the coast on Sunday would be something of an understatement but people still came out to enter into the Herring Queen spirit.

Awaiting them at Gunsgreen were the Lynella Dancers, local favourites The Podlies and The Small Hall Band.

And if people hadn't found their singing voices after those turns, there was ample opportunity later on in the day with Songs of Praise led by Eyemouth Fishermen's Choir and an 80s night at The Tavern.

The weather was kind on sandcastle enthusiasts on Monday morning and again for youngsters taking part in a fun run along The Bantry in the afternoon.

But the highlight of Monday's programme had to be the annual Fancy Dress parade which prompted some very interesting and inventive outfits!

There was also the chance to search for hidden treasures on Tuesday and yesterday (Wednesday) saw the return of the eco-friendly Edible Boat Race.

As another Herring Queen Festival draws to a close there is still plenty to look forward to including a children's talent competition in the Auld Square tomorrow at 11am; a Scottish dance in the old High School Hall tomorrow at 8pm and closing night entertainment including music from Mid-Life Crisis, fireworks and an Alternative Herring Queen competition for the men of Eyemouth!

And sticking with tradition, this year's Herring Queen Festival will end with the Service of the Sea at Eyemouth United Congregational Church at 6pm on Sunday.

For a round-up of all the Herring Queen results and more pictures get next week's Berwickshire News.