Jen­nifer is crowned

Thou­sands turn out to sup­port cel­e­bra­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

Lan­de­mer Queen Jen­nifer McLaugh­lin was crowned on Satur­day by Deputy Provost Pam Clearie.

De­spite an early morn­ing down­pour, con­di­tions re­mained dry for most of the day as rev­ellers de­scended on the Main Street to en­joy the stalls, rides and en­ter­tain­ment.

The sun might have de­cided to miss Lan­de­mer Day this year but that didn’t stop Ruther­glen res­i­dents turn­ing out in droves to mark this year’s gala cel­e­bra­tion.

Thou­sands of peo­ple vis­ited Ruther­glen Main Street last Satur­day, to watch Jen­nifer McLaugh­lin crowned as Lan­de­mer Queen and to see all the stalls and rides.

It was a cool day, but de­spite an early morn­ing down­pour the weather stayed dry for the corona­tion.

The ar­rival of Cathkin High pupil Jen­nifer was one of the high­lights of the day, as she ar­rived along with her cham­pion, Daniel Tate of the Air Train­ing Corp, hav­ing been piped in.

She then joined her court on­stage, which con­sisted of ladies in wait­ing Evie Brightey and Lau­ren Thom­son, both 13 and also from Cathkin, as well as Katie Her­raghty, 12, and Jamie Lee Gib­son, 13, from Trin­ity; Kirsty Fal­coner, 13, and JamieDrew McBride, 12, from Ruther­glen High; and Louise Gra­ham and Eva John­ston, of Stonelaw, both 12.

Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Ian Duncan spoke about the girls, be­fore dowa­ger Queen Katie White­side of­fered some ad­vice to Jen­nifer.

Twelve-year-old Jen­nifer was then crowned by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil de­pute provost Pam Clearie, to warm ap­plause from the crowd.

She then gave both the Royal Procla­ma­tion and her speech to the crowd to of­fi­cially open the day.

Once the Queen was crowned she was treated to a per­for­mance from James Ai­ton Pri­mary’s school choir, who ran through ma­te­rial from rock bands Fun and Jour­ney, be­fore Jamie Wal­lace de­liv­ered a pip­ing melody.

Af­ter the Queen and her court de­parted for lunch at the Ma­sonic Tem­ple on Mel­rose Av­enue, there was an ar­ray of en­ter­tain­ment on­stage.

Lan­de­mer reg­u­lars the Un­cle Red Rock Band got the party go­ing with some vin­tage rock n’ roll that even prompted a cou­ple of lo­cal ladies to leap up and start danc­ing.

Af­ter­noon en­ter­tain­ment fol­lowed from the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Rock and Pop Choir, CamGlen Ra­dio Juke­box and the Fab­u­lous Bronx Show Band.

There was plenty of rides, a climb­ing wall and a bouncy cas­tle for young­sters, while along the or­gan­i­sa­tions on hand were Healthy n Happy, CamGlen Ra­dio, Ruther­glen Ro­tary and the Stonelaw High Fair­traders, and lo­cal churches like Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill and St Colum­bkilles had stalls too.

Lan­de­mer sec­re­tary Ian Duncan said it had been a ter­rific day, adding: “It rained un­til about 10am but af­ter lots of pray­ing it went away and re­mained dry.

“The girls had a fab­u­lous time and the stalls all did very good busi­ness.

“The MP and MSP ap­pre­ci­ated their in­vi­ta­tions and the coun­cil­lors all thought we did a ter­rific job.”

The event seemed to go down a treat with lo­cals.

Karen Watts said: “It’s nice to be sup­port­ing all the dif­fer­ent char­i­ties and stalls that are here.”

Martin Benson said: “We’ve lived here for years and come down every year – the kids love it.”

Ruther­glen MP Mar­garet Fer­rier was also im­pressed.

She said: “The Lan­de­mer Queen looked lovely, as did her ladies in wait­ing. I hope every­body is hav­ing a good day, and that the weather stays dry – a day like this is good for the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and for the lo­cal busi­nesses as well, be­cause it brings peo­ple into the cen­tre of Ruther­glen.”

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