The first ever junior Penicuik Hunter and Lass have been chosen, as the festival looks to do more to include youngsters in the celebrations.
Finlay McLean and Sophie Lee, both 11, from Cuiken Primary School have been picked for the roles, with the festival planing to alternate between the town’s primary schools when choosing the junior Hunter and Lass each year.
Elaine McLean is delighted that her son is to be the first junior Penicuik Hunter. She said: “It’s really exciting. He found out on his birthday, so it was a very special day.
“To be the first junior Hunter is quite a privilege. We go to the Hunter and Lass events every year, so it will be extra special this year.
“Finlay is really excited. He has a really strong group of friends, it was lovely that although they were all in for it too they were all chuffed for him that he was chosen.”
Elaine is happy that the festival is doing more to include the young people of Penicuik.
She said: “I think it’s a good thing to get the youngsters involved. The other gala days are focused on children so this is good for kids in Penicuik. This will be lovely for the kids to have so much focus on them.”
Sophie’s mum Judith spoke of her pride in daughter. She said: “I think it’s a really exciting opportunity for Sophie. She is thrilled to bits and can’t wait.
“My children have always been very involved in the parade and pram race so it’s nice for Sophie to be involved in an official capacity this year.
“Everyone is really proud of her. Everyone at the school is excited as well.
“We have been told that they will be very involved in the events. I think this is a really good idea. It echoes the other towns in Midlothian that have gala days.”