History was made on Saturday when, in the 80th year since the inception of the Galloway Pageant in 1933, the afternoon entertainment had to be held inside the McMillan Hall with extremely wet weather forecast for Pageant Day. The arrangements had been made to hold the afternoon fun outside of the Merrick Leisure Centre but gazebos put up the previous night were badly damaged by the overnight wind and rain, so the decision was made early to move everything down to the hall with the fair and the BBQ in Dashwood Square.
However, the day dried up conveniently for the vehicle procession and fancy dress parade to take place from Ewart Drive and around the town by Stuart McHarg and the returning queen, Megan Steele. There had been activities taking place during afternoons and evenings the whole week and on Tuesday afternoon saw a good turnout of over 70 youngsters along with a good number of adultst for the children’s sports when the following were named as champions;
Girls Champion – Erin Ford; Boys Champions – Ben McDowall, Gareth Gibson, Rory Mann, Connal Sinclair and Macauley Rennie.
The pool competition in the evening attracted only eight entries with Iain Dick beating James Scott into second place to take the trophy. In the five-a-side football on the same evening, there were two adult teams when Wet Bandits beat Newton Mad Squad by two goals to one. There were also two junior teams with the match betwee Kwav (Kids with a Vision) and The Thistle Boys ending all square at three goals each with Kwav winning by five goals to three in a penalty shoot-out.
The pet show took place on Wednesday afternoon with the following results:
Hamsters - 1st Teddy – Chloe Ambrose.
1st Pokemon – Darren Jones; 2nd Buddy – Karen King; 3rd Otis – Hannah McDonald.
1st Spartaklis – Ian Ambrose
1st Speedy – Emma Malcolm
1st Peppa – Paige McClure; 2nd Lola – Kirsty Lyons.
1st Pokeman – Darren Jones (Rabbit); 2nd Teddy – Chloe Ambrose (Hamster); 3rd Speedy – Emma Malcolm (Turtle).
Best in Show
Teddy – Chloe Ambrose (Hamster)
1st Dougal – Jo and Aiden Jackson; 2nd Hunni – Emma Malcolm.
1st Sophie – Susan McClymont; 2nd Lennox – Eileen Malcom.
1st Millie – Abbie Hawthorn; 2nd Belle – Isla and Maia McCathie; 3rd Ollie – Katie Clive.
Most Handsome Dog
1st Rocky – Thomas Gall; 2nd Jet – Emily McClymont; 3rd Ben – Leigha Rennie.
1st Lennox – Eileen Malcolm; 2nd Milo – Dana Stewart; 3rd Jet – Rhys Young.
1st Ben – Leigha Rennie; 2nd Millie – Abbie Hawthorn; 3rd Belle – Isla and Maia McCathie.
1st Milo – Dana Stewart; 2nd Ollie – Katie Clive; 3rd Sophie – Lucy McClymont.
Best in Fancy Dress
1st Milo – Dana Stewart; 2nd Belle – Isla and Maia McCathie; 3rd Millie – Abbie Hawthorn
Best Six Legs
1st Millie – Abbie Hawthorn; 2nd Belle – Isla and Maia McCathie; 3rd Milo – Dana Stewart.
Milo – Dana Stewart
Best in Show
Dougal – Jo and Aiden Jackson
Dougal – Jo and Aiden Jackson
The two bowl compeition at Newton Stewart Bowling Club had 32 entries with Malcolm Heron and David Bark coming first followed by David McHaffie and John Hughes in second place and third equal Morag Lamb and Robert Bark along with Alec Lynch and Lawrence McShane.
The car treasure hunt attracted only 20 entries this year with Katrina Davies and Gillian Burns taking first prize and Iris McClelland and family being runners up and the furthest travelled were from Mochrum.
The Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the McMillan Hall on Thursday afternoon had 58 teddies and over 70 youngsters in attendance with the winning teddy being owned by Nala Cuthbertson.
The fishing competition in the evening nine adult entries and 10 Junior entries. Ryan Christison took first prize with a fish weighing 5lb 11.5oz and Darren Jones was top of the juniors with a fish weighing 0.13 oz.
Once again the prize bingo was well attended as a lot of people enjoyed a night out with the chance of winning good prizes. All day Friday the golf competition took place at Newton Stewart Golf Club with the adult male section having 22 entries, the adult female section with three and the junior section having eight with the winners as follows;
Adult Male Section
1st Stephen Cronnie; 2nd Jim Ballentyne; 3rd Tam McColm.
Adult Female Section
1st Joyce Maitland; 2nd Anne Blows; 3rd Glynis Deazeley.
1st Matthew Deazeley; 2nd Graham Hoodless.
The pub quiz on Friday night in the Cree Inn was once again a roaring success with 16 teams taking part with the following results;
1st Us Two a Man and a Boy; 2nd Norfolk and Chance; 3rd Wembley Wizards; 4th Oliver Clothes Off.
Saturday arrived with some wild weather which made the committee decide to move indoors but the street parade took place after much work on the various floats and fancy dress.
Unfortunately, the committee were unable to obtain a pipe band to lead the procession but for the 15th year Stuart McHarg marched the whole route at the head of the parade.
The Crowning of Queen of Galloway took place on the stage in the McMillan Hall, breaking with tradition but nevertheless just as effective and colourful when retiring Queen Megan made her speech. Jim McDowall crowned the new queen this year and humoured the assembled crowd with the statement that its was an all-Creetown affair this year. Queen Sarah then made her acceptance speech before presenting Stuart McHarg with a certificate for his involvement with the pageant. Relevant prizes were then awarded as follows;
1st Mairi McClelland; 2nd Iona McClelland; 3rd Erin and Sian Ford.
1st Queen Elect 2013 – Madeline.
1st Geisha Girl – Viv Sawyer; 2nd Recycled Bag Lady – Sheila; 3rd Royal Ascot + Chief Steward at 3 chairs festival – Alistair Barnett.
1st Ellie and Arran Mars – The Smurfs come to Newton Stewart 2013; 2nd Jade and Jodie Stewart, Rowan and Lewis Allison – Past Queen of Galloway and Attendants; 3rd Iona and Maia McCathie – A Couple of Oompa Loompas.
William Dunse Memorial Trophy
Queen Elect 2013 – Madeline.
Grace Dunse Memorial Trophy
Geisha Girl – Viv Sawyer.
1st Mardi Gras – Newton Angels; 2nd Mrs Browns Boys – The Glebe Crew; 3rd Bonnie Galloway – Newton Stewart Junior Players.
1st 80 Years of Galloway Pageant – Bourbons; 2nd Machars Basic Bank – Penninghame Church.
Lillian Russel Memorial Trophy for overall
Mardis Gras – Newton Angels.
Judge Miss Gillian McKnight, a former Queen of Galloway
Although the afternoon entertainment had to be curtailed, Creetown Silver Band entertained along with local music with much enjoyment for the children with a bouncy castle, face painting and much more.
The singles domino competition had 24 entries on Sunday for the Davy Brown Memorial Trophy with the winners as follows;
1st Billy Welsh; 2nd Nicola Smithers; 3 = Deborah Wormald and Andrew McWhirter.
1st Wazzle Cuthbertson and Val Jardine; 2nd Samantha Parrot and Wendy Parrot; 3rd = David McHaffie and Andrew McWhirter and Chris Adams and Speedy McGaw.
The winners of the Annual Prize Draw were;
£100 – Graeme Forsyth
£50 – Daniel Cronnie
£25 – Evelyn, Minnigaff
£25 – Sheila
S. Cronnie Voucher –Sweet Cheeks, Star Inn
Fruit Basket- Kevin Dean
Scales – Jamie Robbins
Curling Brush – Helen Paton
8 Wine Glasses – Billy Gilmour
Necklace – M. Bell
Toiletries – W. Maginess
Poppy Placemats and Tray – Angela Dalrymple
Butterfly Necklace – Ryan
Ladies Toiletries – Wilma Prentice
Aftershave –Morag Lamb
Chocolates – Robyn
Natural set – L. McHarrie
Nail Care Set – Chick Coid
Candles - Fiona
Although there were setbacks and hurdles to overcome, this year’s Galloway Pageant has been a great success. Chairperson Diann Hughes announced that this would be her final year in charge so it may be the case when the Annual General Meeting comes along it will once again be covered in controversy with new committee members and office bearers being sought to keep the annual historical celebration going.
Meantime however, Diann said: “All children’s events were well attended and supported as well as some of the adult events like the quiz, bowls and dominoes. It has been a long week and I have personally attended every event but I have enjoyed every minutes of it, even the challenge put before me on the Saturday morning regarding the weather. I would like to thank the two queens for the great week that I have had with them. They are both lovely girls that their parents should be very proud of. I congratulate them on the way the represented the Galloway Pageant at every event and wish them good luck in whatever they do in the future. I would also like to thank all my committee and helpers who have made it possible because it couldn’t have happened without them and a big thank you to everyone who supported the Pageant events in any way. I wish everyone all the very best.”
So this year’s Galloway Pageant is over and preparations will begin for next year so it is hoped that sufficient support in way of committee members come forward to ensure that, as the saying goes locally, as long as the Cree runs and Cairnsmore stands then shall always crown a Queen of Galloway.