Gala success at Kirkliston

Kirkliston Gala Queen Katie Cleland
Kirkliston Gala Queen Katie Cleland

Blue skies and sunshine greeted the coronation of Katie Cleland as Kirkliston Gala Queen 2014.

Early morning rain cleared to pave the way for a fantastic end to the village’s civic week.

Gala day president Alison Hancock said: ‘‘This year’s civic week proved once again to be successful with villagers, young and old, turning out to enjoy the celebrations.’’

Eleven year-old Katie was crowned at Allison Park by David Pomfret, chairman of Kirkliston Care, in front of a large crowd.

Young Katie said: ‘‘It was a great day and the crowning ceremony was really exciting. I had all my family there too to watch me being crowned.’’

Prior to the coronation a procession, one of the biggest in recent years, was led round the village.

It included floats from the Little Coffee Stop, Kirkliston Brownies and the local nursery.

Walking groups included KSQ football club, Scouts and Beavers, who brought along a Chinese dragon, and members of village’s two churches. Music was provided by the Stockbridge Pipes and Drums, the Linlithgow Reed Band and a Samba band.

Afternoon entertainment at Allison Park involved the Cheesetown Games and a 
series of race events from nursery to over 16s.

President Alison said events throughout the village’s civic week had also been well attended with children’s disco, a beetle drive, a children’s entertainer, a cupcake decorating workshop all being well supported. The football tournament had to be cancelled due to the weather.

Alison said: ‘‘This year also saw the return of the village races after many years.’’

The former two mile race was replaced with 5K, 3K and 2K for various age groups.

She added that several original gala day trophies, many dating back over 50 years, have been restored and will soon feature in a special display at the village library.

Retinue: Katie Cleland, Queen; Megan Tulloch, Lady-in-Waiting; Cara Howie, Queen of the Fairies; Rhian Murphy, Queen of the Flowers; Tayla Brasch, Roisin Bruen, Eve Eisler, Eve Ferrol, Elyse Kilpatrick, Kacey Lauder, Amie-Louise Nevin, Amy Robinson, Morgan Scott, Tegyn Wilson, Rebecca Rennie, flower girls; Georgia Hope, Megan Lees, Lisa Mackie, Lucy Martin, Claire McIntosh, Holly Mullett, Naomi Stewart, Joanna Tulloch, Maja Wojcik, Mia Aitchison, all Bower Girls;

P7 Boys - Mark Miller, Herald; Lyall Marshall, Champion; James Haxton, Head of Highlands; Cameron Brown, Crown Bearer; Brandon Brown, Sceptre Bearer; Matthew Brodley, Queens Guard; Cameron Moutter, Queens Guard;

Joe Meikle, Flag carrier; Ross Young, Ewan Moutter, Banner Boys; Ross Chapman, Jack Chapman, Clansmen.