Crowds gather to hail Queen Courtney

Queen Courtney and her retinue.
Queen Courtney and her retinue.

Blue skies and sunshine brought out the crowds to welcome Courtney Burke as this year’s Ferry Fair Queen.

Blue skies and sunshine brought out the crowds to welcome Courtney Burke as this year’s Ferry Fair Queen.

The music from the bands could be heard across the town long before the procession eventually made its way down to the historic High Street from

Burgess Road.

And when it did reach the main thoroughfare, spectators cheered and clapped as the parade snaked its way along the narrow thoroughfare.

There were brass bands, pipe bands, accordion bands and a samba band to ensure the spectators were kept musically entertained but the majority had made the journey down to the High Street to see their offspring take centre stage on what is the Ferry’s ‘big day’

of the year.

They had to wait a while, though, before the youngsters made their entrance as the spectators were entertained by a procession of local groups, organisations and schools.

First up were young footballers from Kirkliston and South Queensferry FC , then it was Rosebery Playgroup followed by Dalmeny Primary with the mini members of Queensferry Rugby Club and Tom Thumb Playgroup infants dressed up in their

World Cup theme.

Echline Primary celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge.

Next up were martial arts experts from the Julia Cross School of Tae Kwon Do as they high-kicked their way along the High Street followed by a speedboat from the Port Edgar Watersports Centre closely followed by young dancers from the Central Scotland

Ballet School.

Members of Queensferry Parish Church were followed by local ghost tour group

Ferrie Scarie.

There was also a variety of classic cars and motorbikes within the parade.

Then it was the moment all had been waiting for, the arrival of the Queen and her Court.

Led by Town Crier Lyndsay Munro, the Queen-elect, her Court, made up of children from Echline Primary, with posy girls and escorts from the town’s four other primary schools walked along the High Street to rapturous applause before taking their places on the coronation stage.

Ferry Fair committee member Jane Forrester took over the proceedings from MC David Steel to announce each child as they stepped up to the stage.

Once assembled, Herald Robbie Main did a sterling job offering his greetings to all and Gracious Lady Ann Watson then crowned Queen Courtney.

Herald Robbie read out the proclamation calling for three cheers for Queen Courtney.

Ferry Fair chairman Graham Holmes then offered his thanks to everyone for their continued support of what had been a fantastic 2014 Ferry Fair.