After a year of fund raising, hard work and scares about fairs the time has come for some fun in the sun at Grangemouth Children’s Day next weekend.
In 2012 the long-standing event looked to be in jeopardy, but various fund raising events and generous donations have put things back on track.
The Children’s Day will unfurl a brand new flag in 2013 and, thanks to another £10,000 donation from BP, the event is no longer living on borrowed time.
Violet Cook, secretary of the organising committee, said: “The Children’s Day is more secure than it was last year, but we are going to keep up the fundraising to keep it that way.
“There was a worry we would not be able to have the fun fair in Zetland Park this year, but that has been sorted out now.”
For the first time in recent history residents will not be getting envelopes asking them to contribute to the Children’s Day.
Violet said: “We had a poor response last year and it cost us about the same to print the letters as we collected back in. So this year we have decided just to concentrate on our fund raising and organising the actual event.”
The procession begins next Saturday at 1.30 p.m., leaving from all four schools in the area and progressing along Kingseat Avenue shortly after that.
This year will see Bowhouse Primary in the lead, followed by Sacred Heart, Moray and Beancross.
The parade will include music from Forth Accordion Band, Camelon Pipe Band, Bo’ness and Carriden Brass Band, Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band, Tulliallan Pipes and Drums and Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band.
Queen elect and Beancross Primary School pupil Georgia Forsyth will be crowned by deputy leader of Falkirk Council Allyson Black at 2.45 p.m. in Zetland Park.
Councillor Black said: “I’ve met Her Majesty the Queen in the past, but this was a real honour that is close to home and I never thought I would be asked to do it.”
There will be a number of events in the run-up to the big day, including the annual sports evening at Grangemouth Stadium from 6 p.m. on Monday and football competition at Moray Primary School from 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The traditional “tour of the arches” takes place the night before the big day and sees scores of family, friends, Grangemouth residents and visitors take a pleasant evening stroll through the town to enjoy the myriad of marvellous structures put in place by the queen’s retinue and their families.
Here is a full list of the 2013 retinue and their streets: Queen - Georgia Forsyth (Wood Street); Maids of Honour – Jennifer Clark (Devon Street) and Katie Louise Waters (Portal Road); Ladies in Waiting – Karis Black (Grange Place), Lucy Kemp (Newlands Road), Kelsie Laverty (Portal Road), Brook Mackowiak (Gunn Road), Lauren McLachlan (Bowhouse Road), Katie Merrilees (Burnbank Road), Kayla White (Wavell Street), Natalie Whyte (Tweed Street); Page Boys – Harris Forster (Harris Place) and Ryan Madden (Montgomery Street); Flower Girl – Michelle Faichney (Portal Road); Courtier – Calum Rooney (Scott Street); Herald – Gordon Patterson (Montgomery Street).