The second half of Carnival Week in Port William began with a bit of a disaster on the Tuesday morning.
After a night of storms, the small marquee on the Harbour Green was damaged beyond repair and had to be dismantled by the ever helpful PIRSAC volunteers.
However, this did not stop the fun and 60 plus children enjoyed a morning of arts and crafts, superbly organised by Maria Old and her band of helpers. Activities kept the little ones engaged for two hours with fourteen different crafts to choose from, including rock painting, building dream catchers and jewellery making. Then it was “eyes down” for Children’s Bingo, ran by the Machars Lions Club, where nearly 50 children and family enjoyed an afternoon of fun.
Afternoon activities continued with a Fashion Show hosted and ran on behalf of Port William Charity Shop. On arrival people were able to indulge in coffee and wonderful homemade cakes. All modelled garments had been donated to the shop and were on sale after the event. Compare for the afternoon was Shirley Kevan and the models were Dib Penrose, Helen Oxley, Tracy McMilland and Debra Murray. The stars of the show were child models Zoe Oxley, Maisie Murray, Amy Smith, Ali Wilson, Amy Wilson, Leah Wilson, Drew Lochrie, Natalie Gaw and Laila Simpson.
No matter the weather, Tuesday evening and the Car Treasure Hunt goes ahead 48 vehicles set off from the Harbour Green up through Mochrum and beyond. “Tricky, very tricky” were the comments from early returners, and the gathered ‘treasurers’ even harder to pass the judges strict rules.
1. Shy Ted Returns
2. Dirty Stop Outs
3. Flat Caps
7. Mum 7 Sons
8. Kia crew
9. Glenluce Gang
10 Galloway Girls
Special thanks go to Alistair Gaw for setting the route and to Jock McMaster for his guiding hand at the sidelines.
While those hearty souls were busy chasing around the Machars countryside looking for clues, others enjoyed a Race Night in the Monreith Arms Hotel. Turf accounts for the evening were Richard Dean and Adel Kiltie, and commentating alongside ‘Clare Balding OBE’ was Shaun Dodds.
Wednesday saw children’s events in the morning were a Beatle Drive organised by Tizzy Irving as part of her annual pilgrimage to Port William Carnival Week. The winner’s were Brogan Lockhart, McKayla Lockhart and Sophie Bunce. This was then followed by a Junior Quiz, with question rounds including those of identifying flags of different countries and “Super Heroes”. There were six teams with the same number of points and a tie breaker question determined the result. Winner’s were Callum Irving, Brogan Lockhart and Robbie Lochead.
A sell out crowd on Wednesday evening enjoyed a spectacular evening of having “Elvis in the Building”. John Reid a well known Elvis tribute act kept to his agreement and came along to Port William, even though four hours after the end of the show he was flying out to Memphis, Tennessee. Between songs, the crowd was enlightened by stories of Elvis, one where he had contacted his jeweller in Los Angeles and made them fly out there and then to Las Vegas, where as part of his act he gave away tens of thousands of dollars in gifts. When informed as to how much this had cost, Elvis replied “Well I will just have to perform for an extra half hour tomorrow night!”.
Thursday is traditionally Fancy Dress Night. However, there were events going on through the day for children. Fun started with the Junior Treasure Hunt quiz around the village, with 41 sheets being given out. This year’s the trial did take in all of the village – from High to South to Main Streets, around the Harbour, keeping the young ones very busy indeed. This year the convenors were Mary Cowan and Maria Old and a special thanks goes to them for making it such a good morning activity. The winners were:
Without adult help: Abbie Dunlop, Adam and Graeme Old and Shannon Elwell.
With adult help: Shannon Perry’s Group, Amy and Andrew and Brogan, Brook and McKayla Lockhart.
This was then followed by the annual Table Tennis competition, organised and trophies donated by Jeff Penrose. We were honoured to have taking part in the competition a player ranked 200th in the UK. There were 15 entries and the results were.
Juniors: Winner Dean Penrose, runner-up Keith Penrose. Adults: Winner Leo Pontone, runner-up Gregor Brown.
The afternoon brought out the young bowlers for the Betty Ambrose Junior Bowling Shield. There was 16 entrants and the final was a close affair, with the eventual winner being K Penrose (Port William) and runner-up M Nicholson (Whithorn).
Thanks goes to Mr John Ambrose for organising the event and Mr McClurg for his help.
The sun continued to shine and stayed warm long into the evening and this brought people out to enjoy the main event of the week – The Fancy Dress Parade. Those on foot gathered in the Maxwell Hall to be judged prior to walking up to the Square, were the winners would be announced. Judges this year were once again staff from the Bank of Scotland/Halifax Group, and it was not an easy task that they had to undertake due to the quality of entrants. To make things a little easier a marking criteria was provided. 1. True to Theme, 2 Effort, 3 Costumes (Homemade/Bought), 4. Eco Friendly and 5. Overall Appearance. There were seven float entries this year, the theme being “Myths and Legends” and they were judged at the Bottle Hole assembly point. The parade was led along Main Street to the Square by Loch Ryan Pipe Band, however there was a small delay in setting off as one of the tractors decided it did not want to take part and a replacement had to be rushed in. However, the crowd in the Square were able pass the time by enjoying the “Sausage Sizzle”, that has been going on for much longer than any barbecues that occur nowadays. The good folk that man this stall have also been working there for a long time, and it is only right to mention their names - Wullie Blain, Louise Kerr and Annie Hyslop.
Prizes were awarded to the following entries:
1. The Legend of Arthur (Jacobs Ladder), organised by Shiralee, Eunice, Anna and Rachel. The children on the float were Angus and Hamish McNeill; Anna Louden; Lachlan and Struan Kevan; Maisie and Joey Murray; David Campion and Ali, Amy and Leah Wilson.
2. The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede (The Second Sands). Lucy and Natalie Gaw; Emily and Libby Kay, Chloe and Beth McElrea; Hunter and Cameron Kinnear; Anna and Tilly Christie; Carrie Kirk; Maddie and Will Barr; Sophie Christie Ostberg; Maria and Nina Christie; Sophie and Kyle Creighton and Chloe McVay.
3. Haggis Hunters (Lucy Bay monster family). Zoe Oxley, Sophie and Bethanie Plunkett.
1. The Legends (PIRSAC Founder Members). John Kevan, James McLean, Robin Kinnear, Alec Donnan, Jimmy McCulloch and Des Kevan.
2. The Legendary Rocking Grannies (Second sands). Barbara Gaw, Margaret Parker, Dorothy Angus, Mary Wallace, Pearl McElrea, Lesley Fox and Alison McMaster.
3. The Legends of the Future. (PIRSAC III). George Murray, June Nelson, Campbell McCaig, Gavin Lockhart, Andy Murray, Kevin Howe, Ross Morland and George McKenzie.
Champion of Champion Float was The Legend of Arthur.
Girls under 5 years: 1. Carly Turner (Paddington), 2. Alisha Quinn (Humpty Dumpty, 3. Alana Kirk (Alice in Wonderland).
Boys under 5 years: William McKinnel (Wee Willie Winkie), 2. Archie Tate (Kissing Booth), 3. Stuart Mckinnel (The Auctioneer), Consolation Liam Smith (Clone Motorsport Apprentice).
Girls 5-8yrs: 1. Laila brawls (Luce Bay catch of the Day), 2. Pippa Vance (Spider), 3, Ciarc Ferguson (Rubic Cube).
Boys 5-8yrs: 1. Charlie Tate (Robot), 2. Craig McKinnel (Handler), 3. Alex Harrison (Knight), Consolation Ryan Kelly (Spiderman).
M and C Stewart Shield (Overall under 8yrs winner) Carly Turner (Paddington).
Girls 9-15yrs: 1. Abigail Turner (Sponge Bob), 2. Amy Smith (Butterfly Fairy), 3. Kelsey Quinn (White Rabbit).
Boys 9-15yrs: 1. Alastair McKinnel ( A Minnion).
Pairs under 16yrs (George Murray Memorial Shield): 1. Jack and Sam Adams (Port Nessie Hunters), 2. Emma and Katie Hobbs (Oxo Girls), 3. Kyla Whyte and Keegan Gilmour (Thomas and the Fat Controller)
Groups under 16yrs: 1. The Brick Club (Local Heroes for PIRSAC): Abbie Dunlop, Abi Rennie, Gemma Ambrose and Katie McCaig. 2. Tombleboo’s Night Garden. Mia Lucas, Aimee and Yasmine
This year, the Jean Findlay Memorial Shield was replaced by a wonderful cup for the under 16 years overall Champion and the winner was Alastair McKinnel (A Minnion). There were no Ladies entries this year, however the Community Association Chairman Mr Shaun Dodds, asked people to remember two ladies who had been regular entrants and sadly no longer with us. Evelyn Ambrose from Whithorn, who last year came dressed as a District Nurse with even her Zimmer Frame decorated and Margaret Morris a regular visitor to the Monreith Arms Hotel for Carnival Week and along with her son Andy always joined in the fun of the Fancy Dress.
Gentleman: 1. Paul Gorman (Mickey Mouse), 2. The Lion (Derek Milligan) and a special award was presented to Alistair Burnett for 25 years of taking part in the parade.
Adult Pairs (Jean McCulloch Shield): 1. Annie Murray and Callum Irving (Robin hood and Maid Marion), 2. Dib Penrose and Kirsteen Davies (The Alexander Brothers).
Adult Groups: 1. The Fuggle/Macleod family (Loch Ness Monster), 2. Flanagan Family (Peppa Pig)
Young Achiever of the Year (John Tirrell Shield). Maria Cowan for her success at the national Junior Golf.
Lifetime Achievement Award (In Memory of Beth and Robert Dodds): Dr Guy Brown.
Good Neighbour Award (Jackie Broll Memorial Shield): J C McLean.
Drysdale Quaich (Chairman’s Award): Moira Adams
Citizen of the Year Award: This was presented to Mary Cowan for all the work she undertakes for the different groups in the village, especially writing of scripts and performing in different shows. It was hard to believe, but for the first time ever Mary was stuck for words!
The weather remained warm and following the presentations, people were entertained by Lochryan Pipe band, vintage tractor display, enjoying the Machars Lions Club bottle stall, bouncy slides and ice creams.
The Grand Raffle was drawn by Carnival Queen Sabina and a cheer went out when first prize of £100 was won by Cyril Stewart.
£75 – Roslyn Lyons
£50 – Elizabeth dally
£25 – Aiden Drsydale
Hairflair Voucher – Laura McLelland
Bellis Consultancy Teddy Bear – Joanne Wallace (Whitehills)
Monreith Arms Sunday Lunch Voucher – Fiona Pomfret
SPAR Hamper = Kim Christie Ostberg
PS Carpets (Wigtown) Rug – Jimmy Brawls
The Clansman (Early Bird meal x2) – Mary Ramsey (Gillespie)
Paul Maguire Fishing (Lobster) - R Hughes (Whithorn)
Port William Hardware (Headphones) – H Kirk
Kinnears for Carpets (Rug) – Allan Murphie
Allison Motors (Car Goody Bag) – Chris Lyons
The Cock Inn (Sunday Lunch x 2) – P Smellie (Shore Cottage, Alticry)
Following the Fancy Dress Parade, the Grand Marquee was packed with families dancing to ‘Night Shift’ a local group.
The good weather continued on Friday and about 100 children (and big kids) joined in with the sandcastle Competition, followed by a picnic lunch in the Grand Marquee. The overall winner of the Bucket and Spade Trophy was Jayne Fuggle. The winners of the different classes were:
Under 5 years: 1 Angus and Leath, 2. Carron Irving. 6-8years: 1. Mika, 2. Kyle Creighton. 9-11years: 1. Jayne Fuggle, 2. Fern Lochrie, 3 equal BCBN and Gemma Ambrose, 12 – 15 years: 1. Kora, Rachel and Sophie, 2. Lewis and Amy, 3. The Minions/ 16 and over: 1. Darine Dino’s 2. Verity Platt, 3 equal: Pamela and Katie and Carrie Kirk. Thanks has to go to Shiralee Kevan and Anna Campion for organising this popular event.
Friday evening saw the Awards Ceremony for the Arts Festival which had been running throughout Carnival Week. The Chair of the Community Association Shaun Dodds opened proceedings by thanking Mrs Angie Ashton, Mrs Audrey Cowan and Ms Amy Ashton and their rota of volunteers for the splendid exhibition. This event is so popular that exhibitors were already asking for a copy of the 2016 application forms! Thanks also went to Mr John Kevan for the use of his building, which is conveniently situated next door to the Cream Teas being served in the PIRSAC Boat Shed.
The winners were:
Class 1 - Knitted or crocheted article
1 Hilary Pavitt
2 Norma Tubb
3 Jean Hobbs
Class 2 - Stitched/ sewn
1. Annie McKie
2. Camay Kelly
3. Julie Townso
Class 3 – Other Craft
1. J Halliday
2. Jean Bridgman
3. Fiona Fuggle
Class 4 – Thrift
1. Jean Hobbs
2. Amy Ashton
Class 1 –CRAFT – Childrens
1. Hebe MacFarlane
2. Zoe Oxley
3. Shannon Perry
Port William Arts Festival 2015
Class 1 – Portrait
1. Fiona Fuggle
2. Amy Ashton
3. Jackie Shuttleworth
Class 2 – Seascape
1. Chris Platt
2. Beryl Ditchburn
3. Chris Platt
Class 3 – Wood or Stone
1. Amy Ashton
2. Jackie Shuttleworth
3. Fiona Fuggle
Class 4 – Fauna
1. Heather Dickinson
2. Heather Dickinson
3. Amy Ashton
Class 2 – Self Portrait - Children
1. Verity Platt
2. Shannon Perry
3. Anna Christie
Class 3 – POETRY – Children - Weather
1. Elli Wadsworth
2. Zoe Oxley
3. Anna Christie
Category – PHOTOGRAPHY
Class 1 – Favourite Photo
Public Choice and Judges’ choice
Class 2 – Bad Weather
1. Chris Ducker
2. Helena Mitchell
3. Chris Ducker
Class 3 – Perfect Day
1. Chris Ducker
2. Chris Ducker
3. Mandy Merriman
Class 4 – Two heads are better than one
1. Ann Perry
2. Helena Mitchell
3. Mandy Merriman
1. Norma Tubb
Class 4 – Pets - Children
1. Zoe Oxley
2. Sarah Lawson
3. Jayne Fuggle
Best Entry in Show was Hilary Pavitt
This was then followed by Prize Bingo organised once again by the Machars Lions and the Lions Tea provided by Mrs Annie Murray.
Saturday dawned fair and the first event of the day was held by the Gardening Group – Gardeners Question Time. Replacing Jim McColl for the Beechgrove Garden this was Jock McMaster, who acted as chairman of a panel of three local well known gardening experts, Mr Jimmy Reid (Retired Head Gardener Logan House), Mr Gavin Tubb (Carseduchan Nursery) and Mr Ian Gemmell (Retired vet and gardening enthusiast). Jock in his opening speech reminded the audience that one of our most enthusiastic gardeners Fiona Walker was no longer with us and Jock spoke of how Fiona was always the one to ask that certain question of TV gardening guru Jim McColl and on a number of occasions was not in agreement with his advice! Questions ranged from use of pesticides and seaweed as fertiliser to problems with roses and lawns. Winners of the village gardening competition were announced, having been judged by the panel earlier in the week. The winners were: Vegetable Garden – JC McLean. Best Garden – June Nelson. Tubs/Baskets – Margaret Platt. Commercial Tubs/Baskets – Monreith Arms Hotel.
Lunchtime saw the annual Pet Show, organised by Janis Edgar and Louise Kerr. Ian Gemmell moved from the Gardeners Question time to judging the pets.
Large dogs - 1, Misty (Blue Collie) Charlie Tate; 2, Pixie (Springer Spaniel) Rachel Kilday; 3, Bear (Sproker Spaniel) Jeffery Penrose
Medium dogs - 1, Enya (Tibetan Terrier) Lynn Burley; 2, Ruby (Bedlington Terrier) Lottie McClaren; Patch (Spaniel) Beth McElrea & Rose Laing
Small dogs - 1, Bobbi (Cairn Terrier) Colleen Leyden; 2, Pandora (Chihuahua / Pomeranian cross) Laura McCrindle; 3, Tory ((Chihuahua / Pomeranian cross) Aili Lochrie
Puppies - 1, Judy (Scottie) Kyle Crighton; 2, Jock (Jack Russell) Carrie Kirk; 3, Bailey (Beagle) Rory Sanderson
Miscellaneous - 1, Paul (Cockatiel) Erin McPhilips; 2, Michelangelo (Budgie) Joe Fingland; 3, Jim-Bob (Goldfish) Sophie Rome
The Champion of Champions was Charlie Tate’s lovely natured Blue Collie, Misty.
At the same time as the Pet Show, the Zoo Lab was in the Grand Marquee, where you could hold a baby Boa Constrictor, stroke a Tarantula spider, play with a corn snake, admire a giant snail and a silver grey frog or run with the cockroaches!
Five-a-side football was next on the programme, with two mixed junior teams followed by the two adult games. The adult game had to go into extra time as the score had been 4-4, with the winning team being decided on the first to score after that. Queen Sabina presented medals to everyone who took part and thanked Campbell McCaig for organising the afternoon games.
The Duck Race did not experience last year’s problem of no water in the burn and PIRSAC volunteer’s having to guide them down to the sea. With all the rain, the ducks had no difficulties swimming along and the winning duck was owned by Chloe McVoy, second Alan McLelland and third Rachel Kildae. This event was sponsored by The Creebridge Hotel and Frank Gilmour, Joiner.
Port William has always been renowned for putting on variety shows and Saturday evening lived up to that reputation. Numerous acts performed to a full house and these were – Karen Keenan (Pipes), Brian Tate (Mouth Organ), Sky and Erine (Highland Dancing), The Emma Louise Dancers, Nathan and Rhona Jones (Traditional Folk Music) and Annie and Angus finished the evening with some rocking dance tunes. The highlight was the presentation of Volunteer Champion Awards, in recognition of 65 years of Port William Community Association. The awards were presented to the unsung heroes of any community life, the people who freely and willingly give their time and skills to helping the community in which they live. The Association applied to the council for funding the awards and following the success of the bid, a panel from all voluntary groups met to decide on the winners. Each winner was presented with an engraved glass trophy, and Port William Champions are:
Pauline Watkins – Port William Community Development Trust
JC McLean – PIRSAC and general village volunteer
Gavin Lockhart – PIRSAC
Des Kevan – PIRSAC
Robin Kinnear – Port William Community Association and general volunteer
Jock McMaster – Port William Community Association and MADAG
Rona Morland – PIRSAC
Murray Morland – 1st Response and PIRSAC
George McKenzie –PIRSAC and general volunteer
Sheila Topping – Port William Community Shop
Audrey Kevan – 1st Response
Liz Perry – Gardening club/Port William in Bloom
Jock McClurg – Bowling Club
Richard Dean – Port William Community Association
Allan Murphie – Port William Community Association and Community Resilience
Provost Ethel McHallum
Ann Highman – 33 yrs service to the village
Mary Cowan – Port William Panto Company
A special award was give to retiring treasurer of Port William Community Association, Jim Gray, for 35 years service. Ann Highman and Mr Robin Kinnear spoke on behalf of all the organisations within the village that Jim has worked diligently as treasurer for over the years. Carnival Queen Sabina presented Jim with an engraved rose bowl and a clock.
The carpet bowling, organised by Davie McLelland, was won by David Kiltie and Alistair McMillan, the runners-up were Graeme Penrose and Mark Conlan.
Sunday was the second Carnival Week Church Service, once again taken by the Rev Joyce Harvey and as a follow on from last week; the theme was ‘Easter in August’. The readings were undertaken by Davina Kiltie (Secretary) and Camay Kelly (Vice Chair).
Sunday also saw the return of the annual Highland Dancing Competition in the village, and Mrs Wilson must have been doing a jig in Heaven to see it’s return. This year Ms Paula Herries from Creetown took over Mrs Wilson’s reigns and fifty dancers registered for the competition. Full results will be available next week.
The second Sunday evening of Carnival Week heralds “Songs of Praise on the Harbour Green”. This year the Rev. Joyce Harvey led the singing with the audience choosing hymns. The Carnival Queen also chooses which charity the offering should be given and this year Sabina’s choice was Alzheimer’s Scotland.
The last event of Carnival week is the Closing Ceremony and the Chair of the Community Association thanked both Carnival Queens for their work and hoped that Sabina would now be able to catch on some well deserved rest. He went on to thank individual volunteers who due to their dedication, Carnival Week was such a success and still going strong after 65 years and hopefully would continue for as long again. This year there were a number of new visitors to the village and one family had chosen to come to Port William instead of one of the Spanish Islands and landed up nearly attending every event and having had such a good time plan to be back next year. Then there is the regular visitors like the Morris family that have been coming for Carnival Week for the past forty years and plan to continue to do so. Carnival Week is about bringing old and new friends together and it is about community, and with such a strong community spirit this makes Port William Carnival Week one of the best in the South of Scotland. However, in order to keep things fresh, ideas are needed for new events and all suggestions will be considered. Three young people have asked to join the Association at the next AGM, as one put it “you need some young ones, seeing you are all getting old!” So 2016 Carnival should be interesting and remember Crowning Day is on the last Saturday in July.