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Rutherglen Reformer - - Landemer Day - Dou­glas Dickie

The heav­ens might have opened to mark this year’s Lan­de­mer Day cel­e­bra­tions but the mood re­mained bright among lo­cals.

Thun­der­storms sent peo­ple rush­ing for cover early on Satur­day afternoon – but the bad weather was soon for­got­ten and there was only light rain for the corona­tion of Lan­de­mer Queen Abbey McDon­ald, 13, from Trin­ity High.

Thou­sands of peo­ple were on the Main Street to take in all the rides, stalls and, of course, to watch Abbey’s big mo­ment.

She was greeted by plenty of cheers when she ar­rived, joined by her cham­pion Cakper Wal­czewski.

A warm re­ac­tion had also greeted the ar­rival of her court, which in­cluded her ladies in wait­ing Erin Scoular, 11, and Maia McLaughlin, 12, both from Trin­ity.

Stonelaw High’s Mia Dun­can, 12, and Rachel Col­lie, 12; Cathkin High’s Char­lie Crothers, 12, and Lia McTav­ish, 12, and Ruther­glen High’s Cara McCaf­ferty, 14, and Chloe Tor­ley, 14, com­pleted the court.

Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Ian Dun­can gave some in­for­ma­tion about the girls on­stage, be­fore dowa­ger Queen Jen­nifer McLaughlin of­fered some ad­vice to Abbey.

The Trin­ity teenager was then crowned by Ali­son Wil­son, swim­ming co-co­or­di­na­tor at the Life­style Sports Cen­tre, al­though a hitch in pro­ceed­ings saw the procla­ma­tion she was to read from go miss­ing, re­sult­ing in a spot of im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

Pupils from Calder­wood Pri­mary then per­formed sev­eral mu­si­cal num­bers, in­clud­ing Katy Perry’s pop smash Fight Song, be­fore the day’s sur­prise en­ter­tain­ment.

Big hugs Queen Abbey with her ladies in wait­ing Erin Scowler and Maia McLaughlin

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