Carnival week fun for all in Port William

Port William hosted it's annual Carnival Week in the seaside village last week. The many events that take place are popular with residents and visitors alike.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 8th August 2016, 5:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:20 pm

After the excitment of the forst weekend, Monday night brought on an Evening of Clairvoyance in the Grand Marquee and had anyone so wished, they could have booked individual sessions earlier in the afternoon.

The open golf tournament at St Medan’s drew an entry of 60. The organiser was Mr T L Ker, and the results were as follows:

Ladies – 1st Dewar Shield D Ro0binson – 85 – 20 – 65; 2nd H Smith – 91 – 21-70

Gents - McDonald Trophy Scratch - Nicholson – 66

1st Class -1=, C McDonald 67 – 6 – 61 / J McGhie 70 - 9 – 61; 2nd I Gibson 75 – 12 -63

2nd Class - 1st M Greaves 76 – 2- - 56 (Pirsac Trophy; 2nd C Bell 73 – 13 -60; 3= J Nicholson 77 – 14 -63 / J McAdam 77 – 14 -63 / P Stryjewski 77 – 14 – 63

Tuesday’s day activities were mainly for children, starting with junior golf at St Medan’s (results next week). Arts and Crafts in the Grand Marquee had over 70 participants with extended family helping. Thanks go to Maria old for organising the activities. After lunch it was ‘eyes down’ for children’s prize bingo, once again run by the Machars Lions Club. This was followed by the first Kayaking experience of the week. This event proved so popular that instead of two sessions being held in it was extended to three. After the kayaking, there was a Zumba class run by Moira Adams and If anyone had any energy left they could have joined in the children’s Badminton run by Mathew Robinson and Gary McMillan. Each child was award a medal donated by Briars Engravers, Wigtown and he winners were: Primary 5 and under – Beth McElrea, Primary 6 & 7 Chloe McElrea and Secondary school Elli Wadsworth.

By teatime the rain came on and this is hopefully why there were only 38 entries in the Car Treasure Hunt. The winners were

1, Spotty Dick (aka the Walker family); 2, Chaos Theory; 3, Kia Crew.

This was followed by a race Night in the Monreith Arms Hotel.

Wednesday morning started with a Beetle Drive in the Grand Marquee, organised by Tizzy Irving from Dumfries and helped by her mother Annie Murray. This was followed by the Junior Quiz and a Dance Workshop provided by Emma Louise.

Wednesday evening brought on the Hollywood Quiz Night and Karaoke, organised and presented by Shaun Dodds and Richard Dean. Laughter and fun was had at the antics of those brave enough to take part in the different games, with £100 for Play Your Cards Right.

Thursday brought forth the chilsren’s Treasure Hunt, this year organised by Saturday’s Guest of Honour Mary Cowan. Oen of the “Treasures” was to take a “selfie” and post it on Port William’s Facebook Page and this proved a popular activity. The winners were Kayla Sullivan, Kinley Sullivan; Tilly, Anna, Chole and Beth; and The Lochries Losers.

The Junior Treasure Hunt was then followed by the growing in popularity Table Tennis Competition with twenty people entering. This was once again organised by and trophies donated by Jeff Penrose. The winners were:

Junior: 1st. Gregor Brown; 2nd Adam Old

Adults: 1st Jeff Penrose; 2nd Kathryn Smith

The sporting theme continued into the afternoon with the Junior Bowling Competition for the Betty Ambrose Shield. This year saw the passing of John Ambrose, who always ran the event, but his Granddaughter Laura took over the reigns and the competition was as successful as ever. The Final was won by Adam Old (and this was the first time he had played bowls), runner-up Graeme Smith. Simi-final was Junior Kiltie and Brogan Lockhart, all four finalists from Port William.

If Port William Carnival Week is renowned for one thing this would be Fancy Dress Night – always on the Thursday, were auld friends know to gather and this night was no exception. The layout of The Square was changed in order to try to keep the children entering the event as warm as possible, but although the sun shone, there was a biting wind from the North that caught everyone by surprise. As usual the parade started from the Bottle Hole led by Loch Ryan Pipe Band, Whithorn Fire and Rescue and the Carnival Queen, Page Boy and Provost in an open top vehicle, followed by all the competitors. Whilst waiting for the parade to enter the Square there ws a display by PortWilliam First Response on the use of defibulators, as they are currently fundraising in order to purchase more machines.

There was fierce competition between two of the Adult Float entry, No Snow-white and the Port Dwarfs (aka PIRSAC Boat) and Alice in Wonderland (AKA The View (PiRSAC Cafe), but Alice was crowned this year’s winner of the new J Murray Shield. Due to the quality of the Children’s float entry there were four prize winners and the winner of the Junior Float trophy and The Provost Shield for overall float wast The Port Willie Wonka ‘( Second Sands)

The Children on the winning float were Hunter and Cameron Kinnear, Nina Christie, Sophia and Bea Christie Ostberg, Tilly and Anna Christie, Chloe and Beth McElrea, Libby Kay, Carrie Kirk, Natalie Gaw, Kyle and Sphie Creighton and Chloe McVoy.

The Adult winning float (The View, PIRSAC) Helen Oxley, Kelly McCreadie, Amanda Quin, Samantha Patterson and George Murray.

The foot prize winners were:

Girls under 5 yrs

1.Ella Walker – Baby Boris on Tour

2.Iona McLaughlin – Goldilocks

3.Lily McShane – Olympic horserider

Boys under 5 years

1.Liam Smith – Lego Man

2.Harvey Parrott – Finding Dory

3.Wiliam McKinnel – Oliver

4.Robert Dodds – Power Ranger

Girls 5 -8 yrs

1.Sophie Dickenson – Unicorn

2.Carly Turner – Top Cat

3.Maria Christie – Alice in Port Wonderland

Boys 5-8 yrs

1.Charlie Tate – Robin Hood

M & C Stuart Shield (under 8years Champion) Liam Smith

Girls 9-15yrs

2.Amy Smith – Smarty Pants

3.Aimee Bell – A butterfly

Boys 9 – 15 yrs

1.Eoin Irving – Tin Man

2.Callum Irving – Cowardly Lion

Pairs under 16 yrs ( George Murray Memorial Shield)

1.Jack and Sam Adams -

2.Holly Gilmour and Joshua Grundy – Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump

Groups under 16 yrs (Callum Wood Memorial Trophy)

1.Happy Campers (Brawls Family)

2.We’ve Caught Moby Dick

Jean Findlay Memorial Cup (Under 16 years) Smarty Pants (Amy Smith)


1.Donald duck – Paul Gorman

2.A Day at Ascot – Alistair Burnett

3.The invisible Man

4.Cons. Tam Steele The Painter Man

Adult Pairs (Jean McCulloch Award): Wicked Witch of the West (Annie Murray) and Good Witch of the East(Tizi Irving)

Adult Walking Groups ( James T Gray Silver Salver): The Wizard of Oz. Annie Murray and the Irving family.

At half time, the crowd were entertained by Dance Extreme from Newton Stewart and Loch Ryan Pipe Band.

Fancy Dress would not be complete without the presentation of awards to certain locals for their contribution to making Port William such a worthy community. This year there were two new awards, firstly The Brian Highman Shield for Community Organisation and The Justin McCaig Award for Volunteer of Carnival Week. These awards were in memory of two people who loved the community spirit of Port William.

The awards were:

Young Achiever of the Year (John Tirrell Award) for her work with the Youth Organisations in the village.

Justin McCaig Award, for Volunteer of Carnival Week – Paul Gorman.

The Brian Highman Shield for Community Organisation – First Response

Lifetime Achievement Award (In Memory of Robert and Beth Dodds) – George McKenzie

The Jackie Broll Memorial Shield ( Good Neighbour Award) – Jane Nelson

Chairman’s Silver Quach – Allan Murphie

Citizen of the Year – The winner for 2016 was John Kevan, John is one of these people who quiety helps out with a number of organisations and never puts himself forward. A truly worthy winner.

All winners were presented with their award from Carnival Queen Erin, except on occasion a member of the family of a particular award would undertake the honour. The Chairman Mr Shaun Dodds ended the evening by making a special mention of Doit and Judy Kiltie and family who every year try to attend as many events as possible during the week.

The Grand Raffle Winners were:-

£100 – C Costley (Port William)

£75 – Alexander (Port Wiliam)

£50 – The Clansman

£25 – Blank Ticket (001596)

Hairflair Voucher – Johnstone (Port William)

Soleburn Voucher – Walker (Sorbie)

Monreith Arm Hotel Voucher – Snowie, Garlieston

SPAR Voucher – S Parry

PS Carpets (Wigtown) – A Adam (Port William)

The Clansdman (Port William) Voucher – N Adam (Port William)

Paul Mcguire Fisheries (Lobster) – A Thompson (Port William)

Port William Hardware (kitchen Goods) – C lyons

Following the awards presentation the evening continued with a family dance in the Grand Marquee. Music was provided by Night Shift, who provide their services for free every year.

Friday morning brought more sunshine and the day’s events started with the Baby Show at 12 noon followed by the Teddy Bears Picnic, with entertainment provided by The Roadrunner and Friends.

The Baby Show was once again organised by Shiralee Kevan and Eunice Murray. The winners were:

Under 6 months:

Logan McLelland – 4 months

Mya Wilson – 9 weeks

6 months – 1 Year

Arianna Drysdale – 8 months

Casey Sibthord – 7 months

1 year, under 2 years

Abel Stuart – 1 year

Mason Walton – 17 months

2 years, under 3 years

Amylee Moncur – 2 years

Carron Irving – 2.5 years

4 years, under 5 years

Ollie Quin – 4 years

Leah Wilson – 4 years

Aleigha Watkin – 4 years.

The Mary Ferguson Cup was presented to Arianna Drysdale and The Jessie Clarke Runners up cup went to Ollie Quinn.

Friday evening saw the Awards Ceremony for the Arts Festival which had been running throughout Carnival Week. The number of entries and visitors were down this year, as the usual PIRSAC Cream Teas were no longer being catered for in the boatshed next door. 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. Thanks also went to Mr John Kevan for the use of his building.

The Lions Club for the third time this week were there to help out with Carnival Week and this time they ran a Price Bingo session in the Grand Marquee. Tea for the Lions members was provided by Mrs Davina Kiltie. This was followed later in the evening by the annual Carpet Bowling Match in the Monreith Arms Hotel, organised by Davie McLelland. There were 28 entries and after a hard fought final the winners were A McMillan and D Lockhart, runners up were G and L Smith.

Saturday morning brought the Annual Gardens Question Time, once again hosted by Jock McMaster with panel members, Mr Gavin Tubb (Carseduchan Nursery) and Mr Ian Gemmell (Retired vet and gardening enthusiast) and Mr Loise Wall award winning volunteer garden at British Rail Stations throughout Scotland). Questions ranged from planting by a north facing wall to the panels thoughts ion growing veg in a among rose bushes. The Carnival Queen Erin presented the Gardening Awards to Best Vegetable Garden- J McLean; Best Garden. – Mr and Mrs Shuttleworth and Floral display was Mr L Ker.

The Pet Show followed with retired vet Ian Gemmell judging and organised by Janis Edgar and Louise Kerr. There was a wide variety of pets brought along by their owners, ranging from Bearded Dragons to tortoises, with a massive entry of dog breeds. The Champion of champion after also winning the Puppy Section was Daisy, owned by Louise Rennie. Spectators could wander from the Pet Show into the Grand Marquee where the ZooLab was being held, with strange and wonderful creatures such as a African Hedgehog to a Boa Constrictor.

As the afternoon progressed Allan McLelland stepped in and ran the 5-a-side football in the Maxwell Park, whilst the popular Duck Race was underway. One hundred and ninety two Ducks entered the water at the old Mill and the first three to swim down the burn and reach the sea were owned

1st Number 55, owned by Jodie Bell

2nd No 50, owned by Pauline Watkins

3rd Number 70, owned by Mika Lochrie.

Saturday evening was highlinght of the week was the Abba tribute Band “Gemme Abba”, who entertained a sell out crowd in the Grand Marquee. Even before the evening ended, people were asking what was planned for 2017 as the night was such a success.

The second church service of Carnival Week was attended by the Carnival Queen, her family and the Community Association committee. The Minister was the Rev Joyce Harvey and the readings were undertaken by Vice Chair Camay Kelly and Secretary Davina Kiltie.

The second Sunday evening of Carnival Week heralds “Songs of Praise on the Harbour Green”. This year 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 Erin choose PJ Loft – this is a charity which provides accommodation for parents with children in Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital.

The last event of Carnival week is the Closing Ceremony and the Chair of the Community Association thanked the Carnival Queen for all her work and for the support she received from her family throughout such an eventual week, not only attending all the events, but dealing with the loss of their mother/Grandmother. That the majority of events had been well attended and how the committee had been concerned about taking the risk of hiring in a well known tribute act but it was a tremendous evening, with a sell out crowd and a long waiting list for spare tickets. A number of other new events were a success such as the Kayaking and Badminton and they would be in the 2017 programme. Shaun also reminded everyone that it is the community that makes the Carnival Week such a success, especially from holidaymakers and people from outside the village attending events. It is a time of re-union for those coming home to visit family and friends. Special thanks went to the voluntary organisations that had helped during the week at different events, such as PIRSAC for putting up the small third marquee to house the bar for the Saturday evening Abba show. Shaun spoke of how the Community Association would benefit from having new members, especially if they had ideas for new events and were prepared to help out during Carnival week and finally reminded everyone that the 2017 event ws scheduled for Saturday 29th July.