Penicuik festival’s anniversary celebrations in jeopardy

This year's event is currently up in the air
This year's event is currently up in the air

This year’s Penicuik Hunter and Lass festival is under threat due to a lack of candidates being put forward to represent their town.

With the original deadline now passed for applications, organisers are worried that this year’s event, the 80th anniversary of the festival, will not go ahead as normal.

The Hunter and Lass committee has had no satisfactory applications for the position of Hunter, while only three submissions have been made for the Penicuik Lass.

Penicuik Hunter and Lass committee chairman Derek Wilson said: “Our introduction night is March 19, so I would say applications would have to close by March 14.

“It is in jeopardy. If we don’t have a Hunter and Lass, we don’t have a festival. We are panicking, we have exhausted everything here.

“I’m surprised that in a town of Penicuik’s size you can not get candidates to take up this honoured position.

“We have never had this before. The year of the foot and mouth outbreak we used the same pair from the year before as the duties were limited, so we thought it wouldn’t be fair on someone new.”

Derek is urging local people to get involved in this year’s event: “There is still time to apply for these positions as we have extended the closing date in the hope that people come forward and save this fantastic festival.

“There are a few myths out there which we are keen to dispel, such as being able to ride a horse or it ‘costs a fortune’.”

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