Jennifer is crowned
Thousands turn out to support celebrations
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.”