Port William’s annual carnival week continued last week with a long list of events to enjoy before the sun set on Sunday evening.
Wednesday started with a junior beatle drive with over fifty children enjoying a little competitive fun organised by Tizy Irving. Keeping the theme of competition going, the beatle drive was followed by a junior quiz organised by Laura McLelland.
Group - Lewis and Euan; 7 years and under - Iona and Kenzie; 8 and over - Junior and Adrian.
At night, The Mercenary Fiddler Due ((Elsa Jean McTaggart) were able to grace the stage of the Marquee as they were passing through this area on their way to perform at The Fringe in Edinburgh, as part of their European tour. This concert turned out to be one of the highlights of the week, with stomping fiddle show-stoppers, Scottish ceilidh, Irish party, country and rock n’ roll music. The good news is they have agreed to perform at next year’s carnival week.
Thursday morning was once again based around children’s events with the kids’ treasure hunt organised by Maria Old and Mary Cowan. Where entrants had to follow the clues from “Duncan’s Treasure Hunt” around the main area of the village.
This was followed by the table tennis competition, run by Alison McMaster, ably helped by her brother. The competition was open to both children and adults with an entry of 31 competitors.
1, Hunter Kinnear; 2, Junior Kiltie
1, Campbell Kinnear; 2, Rachel Christie.
Anyone who had any energy left could then make their way to the bowling green for the junior competition for the Betty Ambrose Trophy. This year the competition convenor was Laura McClelland having taken over the running of the event from her grandfather, the late John Ambrose.
1, Junior Kiltie; 2, Adam Old
Beaten semi-finalsit - Guy Butler and Kyle Creighton.
Thursday night is the night that Port William Carnival Week has grown from, the fancy dress parade and once again this was sponsored by 3b Construction. The parade of floats and entries on foot was lead by Lochryan Pipe Band accompanied by the local Fire and Rescue Service and Police,
Childrens floats - 1, The Port Smugglers (Sarah Lawson, Drew Lochrie, Mika Lochrie, Aili Lochrie, Shannon Perri, Ross Stewart, Eva Stewart, Able Stewart, Robb Blain and Imogen Blain); 2, Port William on the Sea. Adult Floats: 1, Yellow Submarine (The Golden Oldies); 2, Luce Bay Watch; 3, Mermaid on the Luce. Consolation, Luce Bay Watch Real Babes.
Champion of Champion Shield - Yellow Submarine.
Girls under 5 years - 1, Siena Bailey; 2, Iona McLaughlin; 3, Hollie McLaughlin; consolation, Ella Walker
Boys under 5 years - 1, Cameron Cluckie (also winner of the M& C Stewart Shield)
Girls 5 – 8 years - 1, Carly Turner; 2, Fia Watkin; 3, Laila Brawls
Boys 5- 8 years - 1, Liam Smith; 2, Charlie Tate; 3, Keagan Gilmour; Consolation, Rico Bailey.
Girls 9 – 15 years - 1, Aimea Bell (also winner of the Jean Findlay Memorial Cup); 2, Kyla White; 3, Sophie Dickenson
Boys 9 – 15 years - 1. John Wadsworth
Pairs under 16 years - 1, Team W; 2, Eilidh Ronnie and Robyn Matier; 3, Emma and Katie Hobbs
Groups under 16 years - 1, Laura Tate Team; 2, Team Blue
Ladies - 1, Wilma Martin
Gents - 1, Paul Gorman as Ben 10; 2, Alistair Barnett
Adult Pairs (Jean McCulloch Award) - 1, Annie Murray and Callum Irving
James Gray Silver Salver: The Beatles, Yellow Submarine
Fancy Dress night is also when the Community Awards are presented and this year’s winners were:
The John Tirrell Shield (Young Achiever of the Year) - Morvin Old
Justin McCaig (Volunterr of Carnival Week) - Lewis Dodds
The Brian Highman Award for Voluntary Group of the Year - PIRSAC
Beth and Robert Dodds Shield for Lifetime Achievement - Davina Kiltie
Jackie Broll Memorial Shield (Good Neighbour Award) - Lindsey Ker
Chairman’s Award (Silver Quach) - Des Kevan
Provest McHallum Citizen of the Year Award - Moira Adams.
There were also one-off awards presented; the first was a long Service award to Wullie Blain for 44 years at the sausage sizzle. Four further volunteer awards were given out to Tizzy Irving, Paul Gorman, George Murray and Iona Mclaughlin for the support and help they had provide throughout the carnival week.
The evening finished off with dancing in the marquee with music once again being provided by ‘Night Shift’.
On Friday the day started with story telling with Wee McAsh, which was a very popular event for the very young and young at heart. This was followed by ‘cooking for fun’ with Richard Line, where children made fresh fruit salad and both children and adults were able to sample churros with a variety dipping sauces.
The Maxwell Hall hosted Tambourelli, run by Tracy Jolly for Building Healthy Communities. This was followed by another healthy activity, a well attended 11km walk, taking in Monreith House and the Monkey Puzzle Wood. The convenor was Des Kevan and helped by Campbell McCaig. Running alongside the walk, was the sand castle competition and picnic, which is always a popular event with all age groups, and this year was no exception with 28 group entries alone. The new convenor is Laura McLelland, following the retirement of Anna Campion and Shiralee Kevan, although Anna was there to help guide Laura in her first year. Anna and Shiralee kindly donated the ‘sand and bucket’ trophy that is always popular with the winners. Laura’s mum Kathleen providing all of the sandwiches for the picnic that was enjoyed by the children in the marquee afterwards.
5 years and under - 1, Gruesome Twosome; 2, The Morgans; 3=, Cousins and the Terrible 4
6 – 8 years - 1, Ally Faulds; 2, Powerful girls; 3, Scotland Superstars
9 – 11 years - 1, The Three Musketeers; 2, Carrie; 3, Ami and Junior
12 – 15 years - 1, Sandcastle Superstars (Best Overall Trophy); 2, Jenna and Amy; 3, The Barrs
16 years plus/ Adult Groups - 1, Doune Diggers; 2, Waltons; 3, Verity Platt
The evening started more sedately with the arts festival prize giving, where entries this year were up by 50 per cent. The convenor of the weeklong event for the past seven years has been Angie Aston and it was with sadness that Angie in her closing speech explained it was time for her to retire, but she would be still available to help out in the future. The list of winners will be available in next week’s paper.
Prize bingo followed in the marquee, the convenor was Davina Kilties and thanks go to the Machars Lions who ran the event. Whilst in the Monreith Arms Hotel, the mats were down for carpet bowling, organised by Davie McLelland. The competition was fierce, and the winners were Davie Mclelland and John Wilson, beating off runners-up Alan McLelland and Graeme McKie.
Saturday morning started with gardeners question time. This year’s panel of experts were made up of Jock McMaster (Convenor), Mrs Mary Nicolson (Claymoddie), Ian Gemmell (retired vet and keen gardener) and Gavin Tubb (Carseduchan Nursery). The panel faced a wide range of questions, however this year as well as horticultural ones, a number focused on animals and the problems they can cause, from the lack of worms in soil to mice and rabbits and even badgers. The gardening awards were presented by the Carnival Queen Miss Emily Kay.
Best Garden - Mrs Platt; Best Vegetable Garden - Mr L Ker; Commercial Flower Display - The View.
Panelist Ian Gemmell then had to move on to his next job, that of judging the pet show.
The Murray Pet Show Shield was replaced this year, with all the previous winners’ names engraved on the back for posterity. The new Murray Shield was engraved and donated by Briars Engravers, Wigtown.
There was a large entry and a good turn out of spectators on the Harbour Green. The Pet Show convenors Janis Edgar and Louise Kerr split the pets into puppies, small dogs, medium dogs, large dogs and miscellaneous, and Mr Gemmell then cast his expert eye over the competitors.
The results were:
Puppies - 1=. Max Turner and Charlotte (Cavalier King Charles spaniel) / Gilly and Ada Johnston-Stewart and Scout (Cookapoo)
Small dogs - 1, Aili Lochrie and Tori (Chihuahua X); 2, Lewis Dodds and Snoop (Jack Russell); 3, Kyle Creighton and Judy (Scottie)
Medium dogs - 1, Paige Wason and Blue (Lakeland Patterdale); 2, Lynne Hill and Cassie - (Border Collie); 3, James McConnell and Zoe (Working Golden Retriever)
Large dogs - 1, David Turner and Gemma (Gordon Setter); 2, Jenni Brooke and Rosie (Labrador); 3, Shannon Perry and Saffi (Newfoundland)
Miscellaneous - 1, Maisie Murray and Toffee (Rabbit); 2, Drew Lochrie and Easter (Suffolk X Lamb); 3, Iona McLaughlin and Turbo (Guinea Pig)
The Murray Trophy for the Champion of Champions 2017 was presented to Maisie and Toffee by Carnival Queen Emily Kay and Mr Gemmell handed over the prize money.
Fun continued with the now annual duck race, sponsored by Galloway Plumbing, and this year over two hundred ducks entered the mill burn, ably helped by PIRSAC volunteers to ensure their safety as they floated towards the sea. As the burn was in full flow it was a quick race and the winner was duck number 41, owned by Richard Dean, second was Kynsie Axtell, third Hollie McLaughlin.
Saturday night has now become the tribute band evening, and this year it was a Beatles night, featuring Beatles For Sale, appropriately from Liverpool, who performed to a packed marquee. This was followed by a late night disco provided by Shaun Dodds.
The second church service of Carnival Week was attended by Carnival Queens, their families and the Port William Community Association Committee. The Minister was the Rev Joyce Harvey and the readings were undertaken by vice chairperson Camay Kelly and secretary Davina Kiltie.
At the Songs of Praise on the Harbour Green in the evening, the Rev. Joyce Harvey led the singing with the audience choosing hymns. The Carnival Queen also chooses which charity the offering should be given to and Emily’s choice was a charity which supports the families of fire and rescue servicemen.
The last event of carnival week was the closing ceremony and the chairman of the community association, Shaun Dodds, thanked Carnival Queen Emily for all her work and for the support she received from her family throughout such an eventful week. Shaun went on to thank individually all those who had worked tirelessly to make the week such a success.
Attendances at events were significantly higher than in previous years, and this was mostly due to so many visitors coming along and trying out new activities. Special thanks went to the voluntary organisations that had helped during the week at different events, such as PIRSAC for putting up the small marquee to house the bar for the Saturday evening tribute show. Finally, Shaun noted that Port William Carnival is a ten-day programme of over 60 different activities that continues to grow in strength, mainly due to the people in the community who are supportive of each other and who want carnival week to succeed.
To that end, planning is already underway for 2018.