Sun shines for Herring Queen Devon

Eyemouth Herring Queen opening ceremony 2013
Eyemouth Herring Queen opening ceremony 2013

It wouldn’t be Eyemouth Herring Queen if there wasn’t a mixed bag of weather and sticking with tradition, the elements have kept people guessing this year as well.

But thankfully the rain stayed away for most of Saturday which meant that new Queen, Devon McNab was crowned in a backdrop of sunshine in front of a large crowd of well wishers.

And unlike last year, when the opening ceremony was moved into the parish church and the court’s lifeboat trip from St Abbs was postponed, Devon and her maids were able to make the voyage down the coast and arrive to a welcome that was just as warm as the sushine when they docked at Gunsgreen.

The new queen elect and her maids Carly Robertson, Anne Bender, Erin Robertson and Katie Dyson looked resplendent in their dresses, and by her side as her escort Devon’s dad Lee looked proud as punch.

Invited guests including gala queens from other Berwickshire villages, looked on as Devon arrived at the Home Arms car park and made her way on stage for her big moment.

And before she handed over the Herring Queen reins, there was time for 2012 Queen Heather Smith to say a few words and pay tribute to her maids who’d helped her fulfill her duties and boost her fundraising efforts over the past year.

After receiving her crown, Devon thanked her own maids, as well as her sailors - Jamie Kerr, Ben Sanderson and Ethan White; trainbearers - Cleo Crowe, Melissa McFarlane and Abby Pringle and Lady in Waiting Ellen Dougal.

During her speech Devon also said how honoured she was to be representing Eyemouth and was looking forward to her year as Queen.

The sunshine of Saturday was unfortunately not mirrored on Sunday morning as volunteers started setting up for the street market. It was the biggest to date with two stages of live music as well as a host of food and craft stalls.

But in typical Eyemouth spirit as the rain poured, there were still plenty of people determined to enjoy the event and they were rewarded with a flicker of sunshine later on.

The rain also threatened to spoil one of the week’s big highlights - Monday’s fancy dress parade but fortunately it was limited to a few spots.

This meant that the many costumes rustled up by Eyemouth folk managed to stay intact which made for some very interesting viewing. There were many ‘Despicable Me’ minions to be seen; a rollercoaster; a royal baby; Lego bricks and even a McDonald’s Happy Meal.

And last year’s ‘Village People’ wowed the crowds once again as the Bay City Boilers, complete with some inflatable guitars and dancing to Shangalang.

Tuesday night also saw its fair share of eye catching outfits as a large crowd enjoyed ‘The Eye Factor’ in the EU Church.

For a roundup of the second half of the week and results from the various events read ‘The Berwickshire’ next week.