Galloway Pageant parade thrills the town

Saturday’s Galloway Pageant parade and crowning of the Queen of Galloway was a spectacular of colour and creation for Newton Stewart and Minnigaff.

After the judging of the fancy dress lorries, groups and individuals, the long procession, led for the 18th time by Stuart McHarg, set off from Ewart Drive at noon, with the Lockerbie and District Pipe Band followed by decorated floats, fancy dress contestants, highland dancers, vintage cars, horses, a pony and trap, blood bikes and the fire engine. The cavalcade made their way along King Street, Victoria Street, Queen Street, Station Road, Princes Street, Dashwood Square, back along Victoria Street before heading over the Cree Bridge and into Minnigaff Playing Fields where the crowning of Molly Dalrymple as the Queen of Galloway 2016 by Galloway MSP Finlay Carson took place.

There was a tremendous turn-out of people on the streets of the town to cheer everyone on their journey, and making the effort they made to take part worthwhile and showing that the spirit of the Galloway Pageant is very much alive and well in 2016.