A very special day in Queensferry’s calendar

The 77th Ferry Fair Festival proved a resounding success as a packed High Street witnessed the coronation of Queen Aisling McDonald last Saturday.

Despite a cool breeze off the Forth, many townsfolk gathered in advance of the procession to gain a good vantage point of the crowning stage.

The early arrivals were kept entertained thanks to the Queensferry Community Brass Band which played a varied selection of tunes.

At the stroke of mid-day, a buzz of anticipation crept 
into the crowd when it was announced that the procession had eventually reached the High Street having moved off from the town’s Burgess Road.

Leading the parade were motorcyclists on high-powered Honda Goldwing bikes, Queensferry’s Community Rowing Club and Echline Primary School’s magical ‘‘Wizard of Oz’’ float, which won first prize. Young footballers from Kirkliston/South Queensferry FC followed as did Ian Slee and his Dalmeny Kirk ‘‘Join the flock’’ vehicle.

Next up was Dalmeny Primary’s ‘‘Oliver’’ float and members of Dundas Parks Golf Club, closely followed the Teddies for Tragedies car, which was covered in hand-knitted teddies.

The Forth Bridge’s Accordion band were next with the Tom Thumb Nursery’s ‘‘Noah’s Ark’’ float and members of Queensferry Parish Church’s various groups following on.

A series of vintage cars then made their way along the High Street followed by members of Queensferry Tae Kwon Do club.

The Rosebery Playgroup was next as were members of local ghost walk tours Ferrie Scarie.

The sounds of the Criterion Jazz Band then filled the street and heralded the arrival of Queen Margaret’s Boat.

Then came the moment the crowd had been waiting for, the arrival of Queen-elect Aisling and her court along with posy girls and escorts, led by Town Crier Lindsay Munro and the Dalkeith Pipe Band.

Gracious Lady Mary Porteous who, as a former classroom assistant at St Margaret’s Primary, knew many of the children onstage, and when she crowned Queen Aisling, the Whitburn Brass Band struck up ‘‘Congratulations’’ to the cheers of the crowd.

Ferry Fair chairman Graham Holmes thanked all who made the effort over the week to ensure that the Ferry Fair Festival remains so special.