THE COUNTDOWN to Bo’ness Fair Day has continued, with the announcement that Elizabeth McDonald will crown Malia Bonnar in Glebe Park on June 28.
Elizabeth, known as Liz, was asked by Fair chairman Jim Stewart to perform the honours in recognition of the contribution her husband Angus has made to St Mary’s Primary School and Church, plus the Fair.
The retired home helper for the social work department, who recently celebrated her 66th birthday, told the Journal and Gazette: “I’m utterly gobsmacked.”
Jim paid a visit to the McDonald’s Bridgeness Road home to make the special request. “I’m thrilled to bits and I just hope I can do everything alright,” said Liz. “It should be alright on the day.”
Angus (69) was a Fair steward for years, and accompanied the Queen - such as St Mary’s 2008 Queen Eilidh Thomson - and her page boys on a few occasions.
He was the voice of the Fair prize bingo for over two decades, and the retired cargo supervisor for Ross Chemicals in Grangemouth has also helped out with St Mary’s School fundraising.
A trained Eucharistic minister at St Mary’s Church, Angus also attends PTA meetings at the school. He is a former secretary of Fisons and a retired SFA qualified junior football referee.
Jim said: “Gus has made a significant contribution to a number of organisations in our town and clearly, he could not have done this without Liz’s full support.”
The couple have two daughters. Civil servant Lesley (38) lives at Liddle Drive, and hospice shop volunteer and bar worker Fiona (41) is in Spain’s Costa del Sol with husband Peter Mitchell.
Lesley was a fairy and presentee with St Mary’s, and Fiona a fairy and bower girl. Fiona hopes to be able to join her family back in Bo’ness for her mum’s starring role this Fair Day.
Angus will be sporting a kilt and Liz looks forward to shopping for a special outfit. She has been touched by the reaction to her good news.
“My close friends, we meet up every so often and we say, ‘I wonder who will be crowning the Queen.’ They are really pleased I’ve been asked and that’s nice.”
nSchool presentee themes are as follows: St Mary’s, Railway Children; Deanburn, Deanburn Style; Blackness, Silent Movies; Kinneil, Little Mix (Wings) and The Wanted; Grange, Men in Black (Pitbull); Public, Johari (African theme).