Grangemouth’s Children’s Day just needs sun to shine

Previous Children's Days have enjoyed the sunshine
Previous Children's Days have enjoyed the sunshine

Funding secured, dresses fitted and arches almost complete - all Grangemouth Children’s Day needs now is some dry sunny weather.

The popular longstanding annual event takes place on Saturday, starting at 1.30 p.m. when floats, kindly provided once again by Duncan Adams and John Mitchell Haulage, carry Beancross, Moray, Bowhouse and Sacred Heart Primary school pupils along Kersiebank Avenue and Abbots Road towards the crowning and activities in Zetland Park.

Bolstered by a £10,000 donation from BP for the third year running and support from Doosan Babcock, the Children’s Day committee has pulled out all the stops to ensure it is a day to remember for the youngsters taking part and spectators at the procession and crowning ceremony.

The parade will include the music of Denny and Dunipace, Tulliallan, Camelon, Alloa and Bowmar Pipe Bands and Bo’ness and Carriden brass band.

This year will see Nicole Loney of Sacred Heart Primary School crowned by Wilma Walker, who was a Children’s Day queen herself 50 years ago.

The fun has already started with sports events at Grangemouth Stadium and other venues and will continue with the traditional tour of the Arches tomorrow (Friday) night.

The full retinue for Grangemouth Children’s Day 2014 is: Nicole Loney (Queen); Emma Beck and Niamh Haggart (Maids of Honour); Jessica Crangle, Neave Garrity, Lucy Gray, Mya Hay, Niamh Irvine, Abbie Jeffrey, Hope Rafferty and Leah Strathearn (Ladies in Waiting); Liam Shanks (Herald); Levi McDonald (Courtier); Kerry Clark (Flower Girl); David Hunter and Jacob Trapp (Page Boys).