Penicuik set to celebrate

Penicuik Hunter & Lass 2012 James MacDonald & Lynsey Price.
Penicuik Hunter & Lass 2012 James MacDonald & Lynsey Price.

JAMES MacDonald and Lynsey Price are preparing for a busy summer of festivals and common ridings.

James (21), a customer services assistant, and Lynsey (21), a corporate claims representative, are this year’s Penicuik Hunter and Lass.

They will be installed next Thursday and lead the rideout two days later.

Before then, the pair have a busy schedule of events to attend.

The packed programme gets underway on Saturday with the Family Bike Ride, which assembles at 11.30am in the car park of Beeslack High School. More information is available at

The Town Hall is the venue for the final of Penicuik’s Got Talent, which starts at 6pm. The 1986 Hunter, Derek Wilson, will act as MC, and prizes will be presented by Gary Stenhouse and Leigh Skirving, the festival principals in 2009.

On Sunday, the Custom and Classic Car Show is staged in the car park at the AF Noble Subaru Service Centre, assembling at 11.30am.

The Penicuik Athletic Cup is the prize in the ladies’ football competition, which takes place in the public park on Monday, kick-off 7pm.

Tuesday sees the 2011 Hunter and Lass, Andrew Murray and Adele Munro, and the Hunter and Lass Elect visit local primary schools and nurseries during the morning and afternoon. The Midweek Rideout leaves Storezone’s yard in Eastfield Drive at 6.30pm, returning via Kirkhill Road at about 8.30pm.

The school visits continue on Wednesday and the evening features the Pram Race, which assembles in Pentland House car park at 7pm. The race begins outside The Cuiken Inn at 7.30pm and its route ends at Penicuik Rugby Club.

Fiona Gibson, chairman of the Hunter and Lass Committee, is encouraging all residents to get involved in the local celebrations.

She said: “It continues to be as important today as it was in 1936, that Penicuik should have its own traditional festival to which everyone in the town can relate.

“The celebrations, which are based on local legend, are part of the town’s heritage and give us an opportunity to retain a sense of belonging, a feeling of pride and community spirit. The emphasis and success of the week is based on participation. The organising committees can only do so much in preparing the events.

“Please come and support your Hunter & Lass and make it a memorable week for them and an enjoyable festival week for you all.”

Full details of the Hunter and Lass celebrations in next week’s Advertiser.