Loanhead’s 100th queen

Midlothian’s oldest and largest festival gets under way in Loanhead this Friday.

An extensive programme of events will be staged in the lead up to the Children’s Day on Saturday, June 23, when Loanhead’s 100th Queen will be crowned.

The festivities begin with Friday’s Carnival Parade.

Judging of the individual fancy dress entrants will take place at the foot of Kennington Avenue at 6.30pm.

Floats, other vehicles and fancy dress groups on foot will be judged in Kennington Avenue from 6.45pm.

It’s not too late to enter a group or a vehicle in the parade and further information can be obtained from Alan McLaren on 0131 440 3830. Accompanied by nine bands, the parade will move off at 7.30pm from the foot of Kennington Avenue and proceed along George Drive, Clerk Street, The Loan, Dryden Terrace, McKinlay Terrace, McNeill Avenue and Gaynor Avenue.

On Saturday, the adult five-a-side tournament will take place in Burghlee Park, with teams competing for the RL Scott Trophy.

The action gets under way at 1pm.

The entry fee is £5 per team and entries will be accepted on the day.

On Sunday, the family fun run starts from the Community Learning Centre in Mayburn Walk at 1l am.

Entry is free and there is also a team event this year. Entrants should enrol from 10.30am.

Later, the Gala Week Service will take place on Fountain Green at 3pm and all are welcome.

The basketball, football and hockey events for primary school pupils will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (June 20) respectively.

l See next week’s Advertiser for photos and preview of week two.