Camelon Mariners may be on the march again

Crowds turn out to see Irene Davis crowned Camelon Mariners' Day Queen in 1953
Crowds turn out to see Irene Davis crowned Camelon Mariners' Day Queen in 1953

Volunteers are hoping a 
community will rally round and help resurrect a popular gala day.

Camelon Mariners’ Day was last held in 2006 before support for the event waned.

But this week, Joe Lemetti revealed that following a meeting in Camelon Juniors Social Club to guage opinion on reviving the day, a new committee has been formed.

Mr Lemetti has once again agreed to take on the role of Mariners’ Day president with former member Heather Adam his deputy. Other roles have also been filled by those keen to see Mariners’ Day take place once again.

The new committee has already agreed to continue with the tradition of holding it on the second Saturday in June with the 2015 event going ahead on June 13.

Mr Lemetti, who was involved in reviving Mariners’ Day in the 1980s, said: “It was a huge part of my life for 27 years. However, a lot of things have changed and many of those who helped us put the day on previously have either retired or passed away.

“But I’m confident that we will once again have a parade, albeit slightly smaller than in the past with at least five bands taking part. Camelon Pipe Band was the first to offer its services.”

The committee hopes to have the crowning ceremony and afternoon’s entertainment at Stirling Road playing fields and we are looking at the possibility of using the nearby car park for the fun fair.

Mr Lemetti added: “When we moved the fun fair to Nailer Road, it used to be the case that people would drift away there, but if we can keep them in one location it will be beneficial.”

He added the committee was also considering whether it was possible to hold the traditional eve of Mariners’ Day Ceremony of the Keys on the Forth & Clyde Canal.

A fundraising drive is now underway to help cover the costs of the event.