The annual Port William Carnival Week started in perfect weather with the crowning of the carnival queen for 2017, Emily Kay, in the grand marquee on the Harbour Green on Saturday afternoon.
With a blustery breeze whipping at the rigging outside, master of ceremonies Shaun Dodds, chairman of the Port William Community Association, introduced the principals for the ceremony, retiring queen Erin Old, queen elect Emily Kay, Allan Murphie from Port William Community Association who was to crown Emily, Provost o’ the Port Ethel McHallum, Community Association member Davina Kiltie and crown bearer Sam Huxtable.
Retiring Queen Erin spoke first about her time ‘in office’ and thanked the Community Association for all the support she had received before wishing Emily all the best for her year as carnival queen, advising her to try and get as much sleep as possible during the week to conserve her energies as she was in for a busy week!
Mr Murphie then spoke, saying how honoured he was to be crowning Emily, a young lady who held as special place in his heart as, because of the long friendship between the Murphie and the Kay families, he had been her ‘Uncle Allan’ since she was born. He then placed the crown on her head, and looking poised and elegant, the new Carnival Queen then moved to the podium to make her first speech.
Queen Emily thanked her ‘Uncle Allan’ for his kind words, and to Erin for her year as queen. She said she was looking forward to her year as carnival queen and especially to the carnival week programme, as it had been a highlight of her life since she was a child, adding that her grandfather had always referred to her as a ‘community wean’. She especially thanked her mother for all her help and support over the years and hoped everyone would enjoy this very special week in village life.