Return of Camelon Mariners’ Day

Queen Elect Andrea Samuel is led to the stage for the crowning ceremony by Champion Lewis Sommerville
Queen Elect Andrea Samuel is led to the stage for the crowning ceremony by Champion Lewis Sommerville

Crowds turned out in their thousands to welcome back Camelon Mariners’ Day for 2015.

The event was last held nine years ago before it folded due to a lack of interest. But a team of dedicated volunteers saw the event resurrected with the traditional parade, crowing ceremony and entertainment,

Months of planning and rehearsals took place with the retinue of schoolchildren from Carmuirs, Easter Carmuirs, Bantaskin and St Francis.

Although Saturday dawned overcast after several days of sunshine, it didn’t put a dampener on the excitment of all involved – or the cheering crowd lining the parade route.

Queen Elect Andrea Samuel smiled and waved as the procession, led by Camelon Pipe Band, wound its way from Glenfuir Road, along Carmuirs Avenue and onto Glasgow Road before arriving at Stirling Road playing fields.

Following with Ceremony of the Keys when Camelon’s oldest resident, 101-year-old Walter Sharp presented the keys to the district to Provost Pat Reid, the retinue was presented to the crowd.

Carmuirs Primary pupil Andrea (11) was led on stage by her Champion Lewis Sommerville with the attendants following behind.

After the proclamation, Falkirk Herald editor Jill Buchanan performed the much-anticipated crowning.

Queen Andrea then addressed her new subjects before releasing white doves to fly above the crowds.

The rain eventually arrived after the main events had taken place but everyone voted the day a great success and hopefully once again a regular date in the calendar.