Armadale Children's Gala Day  2008

Royal Proclamation and Street Fayre

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After many months of planning, Armadale Children's Gala Week arrived and the Friday evening

Proclamation and Street Fayre basked in welcome sunshine.

Stuart Borrowman,  President of the Gala committee, gave welcome support to

the 2008 Champion, Jordan Johnston, and his Herald, Rhys Robertson.


After the usual required speeches in front of Tollgate House, the Champion and his Herald began their march

to the home of the Queen-elect to announce their intentions.  They were accompanied by the

Newland Concert Brass Band and by the Gala Day Standard Bearers:

Douglas Rooney, Matthew Bell, Tommy Lees and Scott Ledgerwood.

In the Queen-elect's street, there were anxious onlookers waiting for the visitors

whose approach could be identified by the stirring sound of the band.

Along North Street and past the fairground in Watson Park, around the corner, with Cairnpapple in the distance,

the dedicated group marched purposefully to Emma's home.

The band played on at their arrival, while family, friends

and neighbours enjoyed the spectacle under the flapping

and fluttering flags that decorated Emma's street.

The speeches were made, photographs were taken, and onlookers showed they were ready for Gala Day....

and then it rained!


Earlier that evening, the Street Fayre was attended by a bustling crowd.

 Ron Dingwall and Davie Kerr (left photo) were kept busy selling HAA and Broadly Scots Society books

while Will Ferrier (right) kept a vigilant eye on transactions!

Home baking, tombola, books and plants proved popular with adults,

while children enjoyed the spectacle of street entertainers and the temptation of toy and sweet stalls.

Banter was good-humoured and smiles were everywhere.





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