thE date has been set for this year’s Ferry Fair Day as Saturday, August 13.
The Ferry Fair committee is already busy meeting and planning events and acts in preparation for what is the town’s major event of the year.
And this week, the Queen-elect and the Gracious Lady for the big day have also been unveiled.
The Queen-elect who will take over the regal duties from outgoing Queen Holly Taylor is Amy Hamilton Peters, a primary six pupil at Echline Primary School.
And to crown her will be Mrs Elizabeth Grubb, Edinburgh’s Lady Provost and wife of Lord Provost and Almond Ward councillor George Grubb.
Amy (10) is already counting down the days (179 to be precise) to her regal event, and she said this week: “I am so excited, it was amazing to be drawn as the Queen, I still cannot believe it.”
And she is already prepared for the big day with two dresses being bought for the occasion.
The youngster said she is a keen dancer and swimmer and loves nothing better than taking her two Border collies Millie and Archie for walks with mum Wendy, dad Gareth and little sister Sarah.
While Amy was ecstatic to be chosen for this year’s Ferry Fair Queen, there was plenty of drama and tears when the names for this year’s Queen’s Court were drawn out of the hat.
Jane Forrester, a Ferry Fair committee member and instrumental in selecting and preparing the youngsters for the big day said: “The primary six class at Echline is predominately girls so there were too many girls for the roles needed for the Queen’s Court. After all the names were drawn out of the hat, there were tears at the announcement as there were, sadly, still a number of girls who didn’t have a role to play.”
Jane added: “Having been involved in the draw for the Ferry Fair Queen for too many years to remember, I was really upset to see the children become so emotional but from a Ferry Fair viewpoint it is very encouraging that taking part in the event is so special to these youngsters.”
Gracious Lady Elizabeth Grubb is over the moon at being chosen to crown the Queen. She said: “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined being picked, I am just overjoyed at the honour. To put a crown on young Amy’s head on Ferry Fair day will be very special to me.
“I have done lot of special things since taking on the role of Lady Provost but this tops all of these.”
Having lived in Queensferry for only the past 10 years, Mrs Grubb added: “I will be calling on my good friend Lyla Martin, the current Gracious Lady, for tips on how to carry out my duties on the big day.”