Port William’s annual carnival took place in the village from Saturday, August 2 to Sunday, August 10. Here are the highlights of the second half of the week
Tuesday was another busy day with arts and crafts morning for the children. Seventy people attended the Community Shop Fashion show in the afternoon and the 14 models with their five helpers put on a great display.
The highlight of the day was the ever popular motorists treasure Hunt with 42 cars taking part. The hard clues set by Alisdair Gaw and Gregor Christie had the cars heading north towards Glenluce taking in Changue, The Cock Inn, Culshabbin and Elrig.
1, Decadence; 2, Elrig Mob; 3, Culbae; 4, Vegas; 5, Galaxy Groovers; 6, Coven; 7, LLL; 8, Norfolk & Chance; 9, Anthill Mob; 10, Davidsons
The day ended with a race night at the Monreith Arms which 60 plus people attended the eight race meeting. The turf accountants of Richard Dean and Adele Kiltie did a grand job handling the huge bets!
Wednesday faired up nicely for the children’s events. The beetle drive had 25 children taking part and all had a great time.
The evening event was very much a family affair with magician John King entertaining over 120 people with all sorts of tricks, the children really enjoyed his close up tricks. The evening continued with Play Your Cards Right and CatchPhrase all really enjoyed by everybody.
Thursday was another lovely day and started with the children’s treasure hunt and junior bowling which had 16 entries and the trophy winner was Keith Penrose. Grateful thanks to Mr John Ambrose and his granddaughter Laura for organising this popular event.
The fancy dress parade of floats and walkers was the highlight of Thursday and this year the Carnival Queens were chauffeur driven in an open-toped car to the stage in The Square.
Before the prizegiving started, chairman Shaun Dodds said the village had lost two important members this year, Willie Ronnie and Neil McNaught. Both had worked hard for the community over the years and he asked for a round of applause in recognition of their efforts.
The community ‘sausage sizzle’ did a roaring trade and the day ended with dancing in the marquee to Night Shift.
Fancy Dress results:
Children - 1=, Second Sands, Scotland v All Blacks Rugby / Jo’s Crew, Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales
Adults - 1, PIRSAC, Landrover ; 2, PIRSAC, Scotland
Overall winner - PIRSAC
Girls under 5
1, Carly Turner , Tunnock’s teacake; 2, Bethany Plunkett, Queen Bee; 3, Isla McConnell, Australian lass
Boys under 5
1, Laim Smith, Wigtown Show’s little helper; 2, James McConnell, Australian spectator
1, Ruth Walker, Tunnocks’ teacake; 2, Abigial Turner, Clyde; 3, Sophie Dickinson, Miranda Braveheart
1, Joshua Grundy, Willy Wonka
Overall winner - Carly Turner
1, Karen King, Independent or NOT; 2, Amy Smith, Buttons and Bows; 3, Abby Walker, Robot
1, Alistair McKinnel, Clyde; 2, Gregor Ambrose, Mrs Brown
Pairs under 16
1, Sam and Jack Adams, Transformers; 2, Katie McCaig and Laura McCrindle, Commonwealth swimmers; 3, Emily and Fia Watkin, Monreith Mermaids
Groups under 16
1, Zoe Oxley and Co, Mrs Port’s Boys; 2, Samantha and Co, First World War Heroes; 3, Charlie Tait and brothers, Monkeys (hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil)
Overall winner under 16 - Alistair McKinnel, Clyde
1, Evelyn Ambrose
Gentlemen - 1, Paul Gorman; 2, Alastair Burnett
1, Connie and Ian McLeod, Golden Wedding Cake; 2, Andrew and Margaret Morris, The Krankies; 3, Annie Murray and Eoin Irving, Mrs Brown and Buster; consolation, local press photographers
1, McLeod and Fuggle families
Grand Raffle winners
1 PWCA, £100.00 - Ann Thomson
2 PWCA£75.00 -M Stuart (Stranraer)
3 PWCA£50.00 - Linda Martin
4 PWCC £25.00 - Robin Lochart
4 Hairflair Hair Products - Brian Robertson
5 Str(eat)ery Voucher for meal for 2 people -Robin Lochart
6 Monreith Arms Hotel Sunday Lunch for 4 - Angus
7 SPAR Shop Voucher - Marie Old
8 Allison Motors Car Care Kit - Adam Old
9 The Clansman Jack Daniels Whiskey - Jane Smith
12 Paul McGuire Fishing Lobster (Collect Monreith Arms) - Ian Cowan
13 P/W Hardware Kettle - Allan Murphie
14 Wm Lindsay & Son, Butcher Voucher for £20 - Diana Higgins
16 Kinnears for Carpets Rug - Tait
17 Donation Wine - Alan Jackson
18 Kings Coaches Whiskey - Mrs Saunders
19 Donation Totes Bag - Sharon (BofS)
20 Craft Fair Donation Necklace and stoppers - Polly
Friday was a full and busy day for adults and children alike. It started with table tennis, Jeff Penrose was the convener for the nine adult entries and 17 children.
Winners - adult - Tim Simpson; junior - Keith Penrose
The baby show is always well attended and this year was no different. The conveners were Shiralee Kevan and Eunice Murray.
The winners were:
Up to 5 months - Aimee-Lee Moncur
6 months - 1 year - twins, Emma & Matthew Bell
1 - 2 years - Sam Adams
2 - 3 years - Bethney Plunkett
3 - 4 years - Ruby Elizabeth Dodds
Youngest Baby: Hamish McNeil
Overall winner: Aimee-Lee Moncur
Runner up: Ruby Elizabeth Dodds
That event was quickly followed by the teddy bears’ picnic and the marquee was full of children being entertained by amongst others Peppa Pig.
The 5-a-Side football only had two teams this year, the Carnival Queen Lauren and her friend Coleen had to play to help boost the numbers. The afternoon activity ended with beach combing at the Second Sands with D&G Ranger Elizabeth Tindall. Friday ended with 92 people playing prize bingo organised by The Lions Club, followed by carpet bowls organised by Davie McLelland.
Saturday was another really busy day. The Lions organised the junior prize bingo and 64 young people played along.
This was quickly followed by a new event, crab fishing at the Harbour, with over 50 youngsters trying their luck.
The largest catch winner with over 70 crabs from a single line were Robbie Stewart, James Brierley and Rievh Mallon.
The largest crab winners were Adam Old and Jack Lockhead.
Thanks to conveners Robin Kinnear and Andrew Adams.
The ever popular Gardeners’ Question Time with Jim McColl from the Beechgrove Garden was the next event in the marquee on Saturday morning. Housewives’ favourite Jim was paying his annual visit to the village of Port William, a place where he always feels “at home”. Jim conducted his Gardeners’ Question Time in front of a sell-out crowd before compering the traditional concert of Scottish fiddle music with ‘The Toorie Band’ in the same venue at night.
Jim said: “I love coming to Port William. I think it’s a special place, as are the people. I feel at home. The people are so friendly and it’s a beautiful part of the country. The original idea was I work with the fiddlers as we do charity stuff all over the place and when I got the invite to come down here I said “of course”.
“The music side is me switched off and I’m a junkie for Scottish music you see! And I’ve never had bad weather when I have come down either.”
Afterwards Jim kindly presented the prizes to the winners in various categories:
Best Vegetable Garden - Mr & Mrs Horner
Best Overall Garden - Mr & Mrs Jackson
Hanging Basket - Commercial- Monreith Arms; Private - Mr L Ker
Next up was the pet show on the Harbour Green with the popular winner judged to be Mac, the Scottish terrier, shown by Kyle Creighton. Scotty dogs had their moment in the spotlight recently at the Commonwealth Games and Mac took to his new status os top dog in the Port with aplomb.
The pet show was judged by retired vet Ian Gemmell, was ably compared by Janis Edgar while Louise Kerr did the admin bit. Port William Carnival Queen Lauren Fingland was on hand to present the trophies to the winning duo.
Puppies - 1, Norrie (Norwich terrier) Marilyn Neil 2, Enya (Tibetan terrier) Hannah Burnley; 3, Holly (Black Lab) Alisha Quinn
Small Dogs - 1, Mac (Scottish terrier) Kyle Creighton; 2, Gismo (Shitzu) Gillian Wallace; 3, Tory (Chihuahua cross) Drew Lochrie Medium Dogs - 1, Star (Bearded collie) Kelsey Quinn; 2, Patch (Cocker spaniel) Beth McElrea; 3, Baxter (Beagle) Rory Sanderson
Large Dogs - 1, Sam (Black Lab) Ellie Mould; 2, Sandy (Red collie) Tizzy Irving; 3, Riley (collie) Colleen Layden
Miscellaneous - 1, Rosie (chicken) Allan Ferrie
Champion of Champions - Mac (Scottish terrier) Kyle Creighton
Many thanks to all who participated.
Another new event was the glamorous granny and georgous grandpa competition. The glamorous ladies were Maureen Hannay, Lorna King, Maria Old and Karen Williams. The eventual winner was Maria Old. The gorgeous grandpa was non other than Mr Jock McMaster.
The third new event of the day was the duck race. This involved 152 yellow ducks racing between the two bridges of the Mill Burn. The PIRSAC Crew did a wonderful job of ‘helping’ the ducks along due to the lack of water!
The winning ducks belonged to:
1, Alan Jackson (£25); 2, Craig Fingland (£10); 3, Jean Hobbs (£5)
The final event of the day was the 24th fiddlers concert featuring The Tourie Band with soloist Colette. The evening was compared by Jim McColl in his usual manner, with tales and tall stories and of course wonderful music. Robin Kinnear was on the door and the raffle managed by Moira Adams and Nona Wright. Grateful thanks to the PIRSAC Crew for manning the bar.
Special thanks to George McKenzie and members of the community association for organising and running the bars at all the events throughout the week.
The Sunday Service at Mochrum was attended by both Queens, their families and members of the community association. The theme of the service was “Thank You” and the Rev Harvey made reference to all the hard work put in by the association committee, conveners and volunteers and by no means the two Queens who attend so many events.