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