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Gala day committee appeals for former kings and queens to celebrate centenary

Newtongrange Gala Day - King Alan Laing and Queen Ellen Russell published in the Scotsman 9th June 1959

Newtongrange Gala Day - King Alan Laing and Queen Ellen Russell published in the Scotsman 9th June 1959

 

Newtongrange Gala Day Committee are appealing for former Kings and Queens to get in touch ahead of a week of events in June to celebrate the gals’s centenary.

The committee is to hold a reception for the former Nitten Gala kings and queens, and after an extensive search they have 37 more to get in contact with.

Lorraine Klimek of the Newtongrange Gala Day Committee is keen to hear from them.

She said: “We’ve traced 104 of the original 144 but we’d love to be able to account for every name on the list.

“And we do also want to hear from relatives of any former kings and queens who are no longer with us.”

Lorraine added that she is looking for pictures of the gala queen and king from 1938. As the 1938 queen will attend the reception in June.

Below is the list of gala kings and queens from 1946 onwards that are still to be traced. If you can help, contact Lorraine on 0789 100 4676 or ELKY1960@YAHOO.CO.UK

Gala Queens: 1946- Margaret M McFarlane; 1947- Margaret E Somerville; 1952- Elizabeth S Reid; 1958- Jane B R Edwards; 1959- Sandra Robertson; 1961- Christine A Robertson; 1963- Ellen P Russell; 1965 Jean W H Wood; 1969- Eileen Shearin; 1970- Irene Horsburgh; 1972- Jennifer Smith; 1989- Angela Dalgleish; 1994- Vanessa Chalmers; 1995- Nikki Haig; 1999- Natalie Rowan; 2006- Jade Wilson.

Gala Kings: 1948- John H Blair; 1951- Marshall B Greig; 1952- Ian B Dudgeon; 1954- John G Campbell; 1955- Richard Hay; 1961- Alan Paxton; 1964- Brian S Wilson; 1967- James M Dick; 1969- Derek McBride; 1973- Findlay Duncan; 1977- Alistair Martin; 1984- Andrew Charlton.

Read more about the gala day committee’s work ahead of their centenary celebrations in this week’s Advertiser.

 

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