Happy families flocked to the annual Grangemouth Children’s Day celebration on Saturday.
And in stark contrast to last year’s event the weather agreed to join the party this time, with the sun shining down on Queen elect Georgia Forsyth as the deputy leader of Falkirk Council Allyson Black performed the crowning ceremony in Zetland Park.
It had threatened to be another wet affair as intermittent showers greeted the children of the town and their proud mums and dads as marched through the streets behind a colourful fanfare led by Camelon Pipe Band, Bo’ness and Carriden Brass Band, Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band, Tulliallan Pipes and Drums, Forth Accordian Band and the Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band.
But the parade, which had started from all four primary schools at 1.30 p.m., avoided any serious disruption even though those who joined the procession or opted to make their way directly to the park to pick a good spot to take photographs for the family album occasionally needed their umbrellas to stay dry.
By the time the fleet of official cars carrying Provost Pat Reid, Councillor Black and an excited Queen Georgia arrived for the main part of the proceedings just after 2.45 p.m. the showers were gone and the stage set for another memorable occasion.
The youngsters from Bowhouse Primary, Sacred Heart, Moray and Beancross, who had enthusiastically cheered their new queen along the route, were in good voice as she confidently took centre stage.
Flanked by maids of honour Jennifer Clark and Katie Louise Waters; ladies in waiting Karis Black, Lucy Kemp, Kelsie Laverty, Brook Mackowiak, Lauren McLachlan, Katie Merrilees, Kayla White and Natalie Whyte; page boys Harris Forster and Ryan Madden; flower girl Michelle Faichney; courtier Calum Rooney and herald Gordon Patterson, she overcame any butterflies to complete her first official duty flawlessly and, to cheers ringing around the park, welcomed her subjects and wished them all a very enjoyable day.