Marie ready for royal appointment at Denny Gala Day

Back row, from left, Amber Crawford (7), Kaylee Minty (7), Marie Smith (11), Jaiden Baukili (6), Lewis Horsburgh (6). Front row, Neive Stephenson Gater (7) and Elize Black (7)

Back row, from left, Amber Crawford (7), Kaylee Minty (7), Marie Smith (11), Jaiden Baukili (6), Lewis Horsburgh (6). Front row, Neive Stephenson Gater (7) and Elize Black (7)

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The return of Denny and Dunipace Gala Day next month after an absence of 14 years will be an extra special occasion for one Head of Muir primary pupil.

Marie Smith (11) was chosen as the burgh’s Gala Queen after her name was selected at random during a recent fundraising quiz night. The lucky schoolgirl will take the starring role in the procession that will begin the event on Saturday, May 24, in Dunipace’s Herbertshire Castle Park.

She will be supported by maid of honour Eva Silcock (11), a pupil at St Patrick’s Primary. Also in the royal party will be page boys Lewis Horsburgh of Dunipace Primary and Jayden Baukili from Denny Primary, who are both aged six.

Completing the gala entourage as fairies are seven-year-olds Elize Black of St Patrick’s, Neve Stevenson Gater from Nethermains Primary, Amber Crawford of Denny Primary, Kaylee Minty from Dunipace Primary and Kayleigh Munro of Head of Muir.

The gala day has been resurrected by members of Denny Community Council and the town’s heritage society, who felt the time was right to bring back the event for the enjoyment of local youngsters.

Organising committee leader Sharon Tait said: “We are all really excited now as everything seems to be taking shape – all the hard work and effort will be worth it when we see the kids’ faces on the day.

“All the children from Denny and Dunipace taking part have only heard about gala days from the past.”

A meeting for all those performing in this year’s gala, including groups and those involved in demonstrations, will take place on Tuesday in the Heritage Rooms, Milton Row, Dunipace, at 6.30 p.m.

Organisers are still looking for lorries, tractors and vintage vehicles to take part in the gala day parade.

More volunteers are also required. If you can offer assistance, call 07886 641034.