Sun shines on Galloway Pageant 2015

The 2015 Galloway Pageant has been hailed a success after the sun shone over Newton Stewart and Minnigaff for the crowning of the area’s new queen.

Retiring queen Leilani Bartlett handed over her royal duties to Britney Hill-Sherwin in a traditional ceremony this year held in Minnigaff Park after a parade and fancy dress competition on Saturday afternoon.

This year's crowning party doing the honours this year was chairman Colin Faulds

This year's crowning party doing the honours this year was chairman Colin Faulds

The event signalled the end of the three-day pageant programme, reduced from a week this year to ensure volunteers didn’t spread themselves too thinly.

Thursday’s baby show and teddy bear’s picnic were both well-attended by locals and visitors and 37 cars took part in the annual car treasure hunt which is always a popular event.

Saturday saw the decorated lorry and tractors meet at Newton Stewart cattle market and made their way through the town at lunch time. An afternoon of fun and games followed at Minnigaff Park and attendees were treated to glorious weather.

Afterwards, a statement from vice chairman Linda Wood said: “On behalf of The Galloway Pageant Committee I would like to thank everybody who took part in our three-day event, it was greatly supported at everything. Today was blessed with beautiful sunshine, our retiring Queen Leilani did us all proud on her retirement.

“This year’s new Queen Britney also did us proud and carried out her duties brilliantly, the maids, attendants and pageboys were all beautiful and carried out their tasks brilliantly. Janette and I always shed a few tears on pageant morning when all the kids arrive in their gorgeous outfits and today was no different. The crowning and entertainment was great, a few mistakes but that’s what makes our pageant.

“Thank you again to everybody who came along and supported us, we certainly enjoyed our day and I hope u all did too.”