Celebrating a great day in the summer sunshine

The sun shone down on Kirkliston last Saturday to ensure the village’s gala day was one of the most successful ever.

Lisa McKay, Kirkliston Gala Day committee member, said: “The weather was amazing, probably the best in many a year and it helped bring out the crowds.

“A change to the usual format saw the parade take place before the coronation at Allison Park and this led to people filling the streets to watch the procession and then follow it back into the park, whereas before many would remain in the park, while the new queen would lead the parade after the crowning.”

Queen-elect Megan Hughes led the procession in a vintage car while three bands entertained the crowds, the Stockbridge Pipe Band, Linlithgow Reed Band and Samba Ya Banda. Also in the parade were members of the JHM Cheerleaders and various floats.

At Allison Park, the focus was on the children making their way to the coronation stage. And it was Mrs Margaret Brechin who had the honour of crowning Queen Megan.

As well as race events for the children, including the “Cheesetown Olympics”, there was an adult “It’s a Knockout” which was resurrected for the first time in many years.

Throughout the civic week, a variety of events were staged, such as a treasure hunt and barbecue, primary school football tournaments, a family beetle drive, a cup cake party and discos.

Lisa added: “The committee want to thank village residents for once again supporting the events throughout the civic week and the volunteers who helped both before and after the gala day itself.”