Queens reign supreme in Eyemouth banner trail

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This year’s Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival is just weeks away and now all of its leading ladies are back in the spotlight thanks to a sea of banners installed in the town

After more than a year of research, planning, fundraising, design, production and installation the Eyemouth Herring Queen committee have realised their dream of festooning their procession route with the colourful banners, each carrying the face and name of every one of the Herring Queens to date.

They were erected by members of the commitee and Landels Electrical and have already become a big talking point in and around Eyemouth, with many of the former queens taking a trip down memory lane by posing with their picture from back in the day.

The idea of the £10,000 banner trail came from the committee’s desire to commemorate the many queens returning to Eyemouth for this year’s 70th crowning, as well as those who live locally, for their year of service and show them the high regard and respect they are held in.

The colourful display starts at the lifeboat station where the Queen arrives for her crowning and then follows the processional route up Gunsgreen Hill, along The Avenue and across the bridge onto Victoria Road, Albert Road and down onto the High street where the 2014 Queen, Alisa Landels, will be crowned on Saturday, July 26. Banners are also standing proudly on Manse Road and Kirk Square which will host live music on the second day of this year’s Herring Queen and Northburn Road which will be the route taken by those taking part in the torchlight procession on the closing Saturday.

The Herring Queen committee would like to thank Park Resorts, Eyemouth Holiday Park who sponsored the banners; Scottish Borders Council who guided the committee through the planning process and tested the lamp posts to see if they were safe to use; Fantasy Prints who enhanced the photographs and designed the banners; Ancroft Tractors that sponsored the vehicle used for the installation, and the driving expertise of Karl Turnbull and Duncan Lough and Landels Electrical who erected the brackets and installed the banners free of charge.