Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer - WIll Hen­shaw

Lan­de­mer Queen Katie White­side’s smile il­lu­mi­nated Ruther­glen as the Royal Burgh wel­comed in Lan­de­mer Day on Satur­day.

The rain stayed away as Main Street was awash with rides, stalls, games and of course the stage, where the main at­trac­tion was the crown­ing of the Lan­de­mer Queen.

This year’s Queen is 12-year-old Katie of Stonelaw High School.

She was as­sisted by her ladies in wait­ing, who this year were Char­lotte Ful­ton and Rowan Dou­glas from Stonelaw High School, Lily Crich­ton and Leona Stewart from Cathkin High School, Neve Lav­ery and Bron­wyn Weir from Trin­ity High School and Erin McLaugh­lin and Lucy Em­slie from Ruther­glen High School.

Katie and her ladies in wait­ing were led to the stage in cars, and piped in by the 195th Boys’ Brigade Pipe Band.

The Queen’s cham­pion was Stephen McBride of the Ayr Train­ing Core who did a won­der­ful job of es­cort­ing the Queen to the stage.

Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Ian Dun­can in­tro­duced the Queen and her court to the stage and told us a bit about the girls.

Dowa­ger Queen Lucy Carr came on stage to of­fer Katie ad­vice for her reign.

Katie was crowned by Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau man­ager Sharon Hamp­son.

And as Katie was crowned she read the Royal procla­ma­tion: “On this my coro­na­tion day, I look for­ward to my reign as Lan­de­mer Queen.

“My wish is that each day we con­tinue to be kind to one another, keep our area tidy by not drop­ping lit­ter and show re­spect for other peo­ple’s prop­erty.

“I sin­cerely hope that ev­ery­one has a lovely day and that we gather 12 months from now for the next Lan­de­mer.”

Af­ter thanks were paid to some mem­bers of the au­di­ence, Queen Katie of­fi­cially opened Lan­de­mer Day 2015.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony the Queen was en­ter­tained by the Calder­wood Pri­mary School Choir.

She was then whisked off to the Ma­sonic Hall in Mel­rose Av­enue for a slap up lunch and for the speeches and to thank all those who had made Lan­de­mer Day pos­si­ble.

On the Main Stage the party con­tin­ued as en­ter­tain­ment in the form of rock­a­billy band Un­cle Red, the Jump ,’n Jive dance group, the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Rock and Pop Cho­rus, the Alice Beaton Line Dancers, the Bankhead Pri­mary School Choir and Abba Trib­ute act Mama Mia wowed the crowds.

Mean­while the public also en­joyed the stalls and the fair ground rides and games which lined the street.

To cap off cel­e­bra­tions there was a disco held at the Ma­sonic Hall at night for all the peo­ple who had made the day pos­si­ble. It was made dou­bly spe­cial for Ladies in Wait­ing Erin McLaugh­lin and Char­lotte Ful­ton who also cel­e­brated their 13th birth­day.

Mar­garet Ferrier was at­tend­ing her first Lan­de­mer Day as the area’s MP and said: “I re­ally en­joyed it, the girls have done the com­mu­nity proud and looked lovely to­day.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy said: “It was ex­cel­lent - the com­mu­nity turned out in force to sup­port the Lan­de­mer Queen and that was great.”

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly said: “The Lan­de­mer com­mit­tee have done an ex­cel­lent job or­gan­is­ing this event.”

Crown­ing touch Queen Katie White­side is crowned by Sharon Hamp­son

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