Galloway sticks with tradition as Pageant fun comes to town

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees Newton Stewart’s annual Galloway Pageant culminate in the crowning of the new Queen of Galloway.

Bringing to an end the days of festivities which have featured in every summer for the past eight decades, the day will feature the ever-popular parade of decorated as well as fancy dress, crowning ceremony and an afternoon of fun and games in Minnigaff Park.

Decorated vehicles will meet to be judged at the cattle market in Newton Stewart at 11.30am before leaving for a parade through town from 12.30pm led by Lockerbie Pipe Band.

The parade will travel through Newton Stewart, over the Cree Bridge and on to Minnigaff Park where the crowning ceremony will take place at around 1.15pm.

This will see outgoing queen Leilani bartlett hand over the crown to incoming royakty, Britney Sherwin-Hill.

At midday, the annual fancy dress competition will be judged at the top of Goods Lane and entries will be placed into categories based on age at the time.

The afternoon continues with a Pageant Pop-Along in the park which will include music from Kippy and Co, a beer tent and BBQ, side stalls, Punch and Judy, fairground rides for kids, Bubbles the Clown, exotic animals, the Wigtownshire Dog Agility Enthusiasts Team, bouncy castles and much more.

The winner of the window spotting competition will also be revealed at the crowning ceremony.

The day marks the end of the 2015 pageant, which is organised by a team of volunteers which is always keen to hear from anyone who can help out,