We take a look back at the 1986 gala day

Rutherglen Reformer - - Community News -

This week­end will see crowds throng Ruther­glen Main Street to cel­e­brate Lan­de­mer Day.

The gala day is an in­sti­tu­tion in the Royal Burgh, but over the years it’s gone through many changes.

We thought we’d look back into the past this week, and fea­ture some of the pic­tures in our ar­chive from Lan­de­mer Day 30 years ago.

The 1986 Lan­de­mer Day was a cold and damp one, but that didn’t stop cheer­ing crowds com­ing out to cel­e­brate Ali­son McKay, a Stonelaw High pupil, be­ing crowned Lan­de­mer Queen.

Ac­cord­ing to the Re­former’s re­port of the day, Ali­son thrilled the crowd with her“con­fi­dence and dig­nity”.

An­other high­light of the day was the pop­u­lar pa­rade, which fea­tured an ar­ray of colourful floats from groups as di­verse as the Burn­side Busy Bees, Ruther­glen Girl Guides, Ruther­glen Round Ta­ble and Cam­bus­lang Cub Scouts.

They brighten up a wet and windy morn­ing, which the Re­former noted was “only the third time in Lan­de­mer Day’s 12 years” that it had rained.

Luck­ily there were plenty of other things go­ing on that bright­ened the spir­its, in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of sport­ing events at Over­toun Park, from foot­ball to a tug of war.

And there were lots of stalls of­fer­ing up a host of goods, from the Ruther­glen Labour Party run­ning a teddy bear stall to Ruther­glen Pipe band rais­ing funds with a bric a brac stand.

Ar­guably those get­ting into the spirit of things the most were the ladies of Ruther­glen Ma­ter­nity - they dressed up as kisso­grams and were caught hav­ing a laugh with some lo­cal cops!

Ar­rival The Skye Pipe Band ar­rive on the day

Packed Crowds gather to see the Lan­de­mer Queen

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