Freya to be crowned Queen

Mrs Jennifer Bernard crowns 2014 Gala Queen Mhairi Ross.
Mrs Jennifer Bernard crowns 2014 Gala Queen Mhairi Ross.

Midlothian’s oldest gala reaches its climax on Saturday morning when Queen Freya Newall is crowned on Fountain Green.

The children’s day begins at 8am with the judging of the decorated house frontages with gold, silver and bronze awards being announced at the crowning ceremony.

The members of the court will be collected from their homes, including Freya from Mayburn Vale.

The groups and bands will march to Fountain Green from St Margaret’s Church Hall at 11.30am for the crowning at 11.45am.

The grand procession, featuring 13 bands, will set off from Church Street at 1pm and make its way round Loanhead. It will arrive at the Memorial Park where a packed afternoon of activities is planned.

The 3-Sixty Cycle Stunt Team, Van Buren’s Spectacular Illusion and Variety Show, Elaine Hill’s Sheepdog Display, and Meet a Dinosaur with the Jurassic Experience are just some of the treats in store.

There will be a magic show, falconry display, dance and musical performances, stalls and refreshments.

A ceremony will take place at the war memorial at 3pm.

Today (Thursday) there will be the seniors’ tea dance in Loanhead Miners’ Club. The judging of the decorated shop windows will also take place.

The children’s sports are scheduled to take place in the Memorial Park tomorrow (Friday) from 1.30pm. In the event of inclement weather, the pre and primary school event will be held on Sunday.