Date set for Wigtown Week

The crowning of Wigtown Princess Connie Milligan last year

The crowning of Wigtown Princess Connie Milligan last year

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This year’s Wigtown Week will get underway on Saturday, July 2, and will tie in with the Riding of the Marches on the same day.

Members of Wigtown Community Council discussed the plans for the annual community festival at their monthly meeting in the County Buildings on Monday evening.

Convenor Matt Kitson said that fancy dress parade would start at 12.30pm, the crowning of the Wigtown Princess would be at 1pm, the fancy dress prizes would be presented at 1.30pm and the ride out would get underway at 2pm.

Convenor Matt Kitson said that live entertainment and food would be provided in the gardens while the riders were out of town for around an hour. The riders would return at 3pm for a stirrup cup and a parade on foot.

Other attractions during the week would be the return of the swamp soccer competition, the car treasure hunt and the exciting possibility of a young farmers fire engine pull.

Community councillors in Wigtown were interested to hear of plans to make the county town an all year round book town, not just at the book festival and during the spring book weekend. An application for funding has gone into DG Leader to create a cultural development role to develop more book related events throughout the year and for residential writing courses to begin. The community council unanimously agreed the support the application.