The countdown to this year’s 2014 Ferry Fair Festival has begun.
Queensferry’s annual civic week kicks off this Sunday with a church service and a teddy bears’ picnic and will culminate next Saturday, August 9, with the crowning of young Courtney Burke as Ferry Fair Queen.
As always there has been much activity behind the scenes to ensure that the annual event is hitch-free.
This week Ferry Fair chairman Graham Holmes spoke to the Journal and Gazette to update us on a hectic year of preparations.
He said: ‘‘It has been a successful year as far as fundraising goes what with our race night in Kirkliston, monthly quiz nights, our bookshop and the proceeds from the Jim Liddell Memorial Dinner. We appreciate the loyal support of the local community, businesses, traders and organisations over the past year.’’
Graham said: ‘‘A fair of this type takes a great deal of effort from a small band of volunteers and we hope the local community will continue to support all events.’’
While the majority of the popular festival programme has been retained, he highlighted the introduction of the Queensferry Sports and Community Hub which this year will host two events, the Teddy Bears’ picnic on Sunday and the family fun night on Wednesday.
And Graham wanted to ensure everyone that a full programme of events will be staged next Friday evening (August 8) despite the wheelbarrow race being scrapped due to the High Street’s worsening road surface.
The Bellstane Walk, the boundary race, the fancy dress go ahead as usual plus a new event is planned - the unclimbable ladder.
And a new trophy in memory of former Ferry Fair stalwart Kenny Sinclair has been put by his wife Moira.
The trophy, a shield, will be presented to the overall best entry in next Saturday’s parade.
As always calls are being made for anyone who has family or friends returning to Queensfery for Ferry Fair Day so as an announcement can be made on the day.
If you have a request, email David Steel at email@example.com
Police are also making motorists aware that High Street will be closed next Friday from 6-10pm and on Saturday between 10am-6.30pm.