Fair day is a showstopper

100812 South queensferry ferry fair, Saturday events.
100812 South queensferry ferry fair, Saturday events.

The 76th annual Ferry Fair Festival proved once again that if you put on a good show the community will support it.

While the weather did play havoc one night, it eventually proved to be one of the driest and sunniest Ferry Fairs in recent history which, in turn, led to crowds of local residents making the effort to support the town’s civic week.

Of course, the star of the show was Queensferry Primary School pupil Lucy Mucklow who was crowned 2012 Ferry Fair Queen on 
Saturday.

On her regal appointment, Lucy (10) said: “It was scary at first to see all the crowds cheering and waving but it was really good fun. I really liked getting crowned and now cannot wait to take part in other events. I am looking forward to switching on the Christmas lights.”

Mum Kate, father John and younger sister Isla, as well as family friends, were there to support Lucy on her big day.

Kate said: “It was such a fantastic day, the whole family were there to cheer on Lucy. We had a great time!”

Ferry Fair chairman Graham Holmes agreed it was one of the best Fairs in recent years, saying: “The committee is very happy with the way things went and the crowds seemed to enjoy themselves. We seem to have received good feedback from various social media sites, which is very pleasing.”

The chairman said: “Last Monday’s downpour did cause us problems at Burgess Park but, thankfully, Queensferry Rugby Club stepped in to allow us to use their all-weather facilities at the recreation centre.

“The Thursday and Friday night events were both well attended and there was good interest in participation of the race events. Another dry day last Saturday promised big crowds and we got that.

‘‘We responded to pressure this year by getting a new stage with overhead canopy to ensure that the Saturday event could go ahead whatever the weather. I think it was well received albeit we never needed the canopy.”

Graham said: “We thank Gracious Lady Margaret 
Anderson and Queen Lucy for taking centre stage and, as always, we want to thank sponsors, supporters and helpers for their assistance throughout the year and to the local community for supporting the Ferry Fair 
activities. Without them all the Ferry Fair Festival would not happen.”