Port William Carnival Week defies the weather

Carnival Queen 2013 Sian Milven and her successor fpr 2014  Lauren Fingland
Carnival Queen 2013 Sian Milven and her successor fpr 2014 Lauren Fingland

Despite the weather Port William Carnival Week 2014 kicked off with a football match for the Ray Scott Trophy.

Organised by Graham McKie between The Young & Old Crocs, the winners were The Old Crocs by 5-3.

The Darts and Dominoes Competitions were next for the Sandy Kelly Memorial Shields. There was a good number of entries, the Darts had 19 and Dominoes 24

Winners were Darts - Doit Kiltie. Dominoes - Jock McClurg

On Saturday afternoon the new Carnival Queen Miss Lauren Fingland was crowned by the 2013 Citizen of the Year and, Guest of Honour, Mr George McKenzie in the Marquee. The weather meant the Crowning Party were unable to process through the Square but it didn’t stop the crowds attending the actual ceremony. The Chair, Mr Shaun Dodds, welcomed everybody and thanked the retiring Queen, Miss Sian Milven for all her hard work during the past year, he made special mention of how Sian was a real all rounder and helped with anything from stacking chairs to being a Quiz Master.

Sian said in her retiring speech that recognition should be given to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes throughout the year by the Community Association members, not just during Carnival Week.

The Guest of Honour in his speech to the new Queen said that having known Lauren since she was a baby and as he was a close family member he was honoured to be part of her special day.

The newly crowned Queen Lauren Fingland said in her speech that Carnival Week had always been the highlight of her summer for as long as she could remember, in particular the Fancy Dress Parade on Thursday. She also said Carnival Week is a time when the community comes together and this really shows especially in Port William.

This was shown to be true as there was a good attendance at the Queens Ball in the evening with music provided by M.I.5

Due to the rain the Sports Day and 5-a-side Football arranged for Saturday afternoon had to be cancelled but it is hoped to re-arrange these for Sunday 10th August.

Sunday morning started with 10k Fun Run organised by The Galloway Harriers. Both Queens, their families and Community Association members joined in the Celebration themed Sunday Morning service at Morchrum Kirk taken by the new Locum to the Parish, the Rev Joyce Harvey.

Later on the Craft Fair was held in the Marquee, showcasing everything from Artists to Wood turners. Rain stopped play for the Cricket Match but the Bowling Tournament for the Mary Donnan Trophy went ahead. Thanks to Jock McClurg for having the green in such great condition.

Winners were Donald Lockart and James Gray

Runners up were Andrew McClurg and Amy McCulloch.

The Car Auto Test took place in the Maxwell Park organised by Rory Christie.

Monday’s events started with Golf at St Medan the results are as follows.

Six Ladies played The Dewar Shield - Scratch - M. Morton - 81

First Place - D. Robinson - 94 - 23- 71

Fifty-seven Gents played the McDonald Trophy - Scratch - Two excellent scores of 65 from J. Telfer & M. Robinson means a play off at a later date for the Trophy.

1st Class:

1st - J.H. Gibson - 69 - 9 - 60

2nd - G. McKie - 67 - 6 -61 B.I.H.

3rd - S. Walker - 73 - 12 - 61

2nd Class:

1st - M. Greaves - 79 - 19 - 60

2nd - N. Crewdson - 78 - 17 - 61

3rd - J. Rennie - 83 - 20 - 63

Meanwhile in the Grand Marquee The New Age Curling was well attended and enjoyed by all. Later on there was the Sandcastle Competition at Second Sands, the sun shone and some wonderful sculptures were produced by all ages.