Grangemouth Children's Day update: No procession but crowning will go ahead

The Grangemouth Children’s Day Queen for 2020 will be crowned in 2021 but there will be no grand procession and her coronation will take place behind closed doors.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 3:08 pm

Back in February 2020 – before the COVID-19 outbreak hit home – Bowhouse Primary School P6 pupil Amy Meichan was looking forward to being crowned in Zetland Park in June and talked about her aunties – one a past Children’s Day Queen and another a lady-in-waiting.

She said her parents were “really excited” when they heard the good news and preparations were also underway for Amy’s arch, which was going to have a “Fantasy Land” theme.

Unfortunately – due to the coronavirus pandemic – a couple of months later the Children’s Day committee were forced to take the heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 event.

Grangemouth Children's Day Queen elect Amy Meichan and her fellow Bowhouse Primary School pupils were full of excitement in anticipation of their big moment in the sun when this picture was taken back in February last year

Plans were made to hold the ceremony and procession in June, 2021, with Amy and her retinue enjoying the full Children’s Day experience a year after they were supposed to.

Sadly, this will not be happening as COVID-19 and its associated restrictions are still with us.

A Children’s Day committee spokesperson said: “The Children’s Day Committee have had to make the difficult decision to proceed with only a small crowning ceremony for Queen Amy and her retinue.

“This will take place behind closed doors but we are planning to live stream. Unfortunately it is not what anyone had hoped for and we were confident when we cancelled last year that we would be able to go ahead in full this year.

"Our plan is to crown Queen Amy with only her retinue and Dowager Queen Erin present. This will be live streamed online for people to watch – although this is subject to change and we follow government and local council guidance.”

The event, which will not feature fairies, fairy godmothers or Queen’s guards, will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 19 at an undisclosed venue.

Grangemouth Children’s Day Royal Retinue for 2020/2021:

Amy Meichan (Queen)

Calli Robb and Alyssa Morrison (Maids of Honour)

Isabella Chalkley, Emily Gray, Lily Haston, Sophie Hyndman, Bonnie MacDonald, Kara Oliver, Alicia Russell and Sophie Thomson (Ladies in Waiting)

Abigail Clark (Flower Girl)

Mason McKeever and Zack Williams (Page Boys)

Ross Ballantine (Herald)

Rhys Marchi (Courtier)