Camelon community looks forward to Andrea’s special day

Mariners' Day Queen Elect Andrea Samuel
Mariners' Day Queen Elect Andrea Samuel

A community is making final preparations for Camelon Mariners’ Day – taking place on Saturday for the first time in almost a decade.

Carmuirs Primary School pupil Andrea Samuel will be crowned in the traditional ceremony.

The event has been resurrected by a hard-working group of locals who formed a new committee, led by Joe Lemetti, who ran the gala for years till its demise in 2006.

A parade, led by Camelon Pipe Band, will leave from Glenfuir Road at 11.30 a.m. It will make its way along Carmuirs Avenue, Wilson Road and Glasgow Road before turning down Stirling Road for the crowning ceremony and afternoon of entertainment in the playing fields.

At 1.15 p.m. the Ceremony of the Keys takes place when Walter Sharp, Camelon’s oldest resident, makes the presentation to Provost Pat Reid.

Jill Buchanan, Falkirk Herald editor, will perform the crowning ceremony.

A packed afternoon of entertainment follows including a Tae kwon do display from Martin Risk, vocalist Pete Waterman, Irish dancers, singer Dionne Hickey and band Lieutenant Stardust.

Others in the retinue are: Maids of Honour – Chelsea Stringer (Carmuirs PS) and Sarah Kaney (St Francis PS); Ladies in Waiting – Brooke Avinou (Easter Carmuirs PS) and Lucy Waddell (Bantaskin PS); Flower Girl – Noemi Terrero (Easter Carmuirs); Champion – Lewis Sommerville (Carmuirs); Courtier – Andrew Mckinlay (Bantaskin); Herald – Blair West (St Francis); Mariner Boys – Nico Lemetti (St Francis) and George Ballantine (Easter Carmuirs).

Page Boys – Ryan Mein (St Francis), Sean Robertson (Bantaskin) and Josh Girvan (Carmuirs).

Fairies – Abbie MacTaggart, Muhrin Hall and Morgan Ford (all Easter Carmuirs), Lily Dunn, Linzi Aikman and Aime Dowell (all Carmuirs), Eve O’Brien, Bethany Rae and Chiomi Murphy (all St Francis) and Ruby Walker, Demi Leigh Penman and Marley Hughes (all Bantaskin).