Penicuik is set to celebrate

Craig Cherrie, Lisa Henderson, Colin Hawkins and Gillian Garriock visited Cuiken Primary on Monday
Craig Cherrie, Lisa Henderson, Colin Hawkins and Gillian Garriock visited Cuiken Primary on Monday

Penicuik’s Hunter and Lass celebrations reach their climax this weekend when tradition and the informal come together.

Hunter and Lass Day, on Saturday, starts with the ride out from Penicuik Town Hall at 8.50am. The horses and riders leave for Penicuik House where Sir Robert Clerk will invite the Hunter to take part in the horn blowing ceremony.

Once the cavalcade leaves for the Pentland Hills, the focus returns to Penicuik where the walkers, floats and bands will begin to assemble for Penicuik on Parade.

The fun procession will leave Eastfield Drive at 1.30pm at the conclusion of the judging. The parade will make its way round the town, finishing in the public park where Penicuik Rotary Club has organised Penicuik in the Park.

This is an afternoon with stalls, a fun fair, demonstrations, duck race, bouncy castle and beer tent.

Tonight (Thursday) is the installation of Colin Hawkins and Gillian Garriock as Penicuik Hunter and Lass. The ceremony will take place outside Penicuik Town Hall at 7.30pm after a 45 minute programme of entertainment from local dancers and bands.

The sashing will be performed by Mrs Sue Stephen and Mrs Sarah King will present the trophies of office. The ceremonial crops will be presented by Mrs Mary MacDonald.

Tomorrow (Friday) the Hunter and Lass will visit Cowan Court and Broomhill Day Centre. They will also judge the best dressed window competition.