Despite very changeable weather, the sun shone at the Govan Fair’s 255 year’s event. Thanks to the lovely pictures by Eddie Aitken, the crowning and the procession have been captured for everyone to enjoy.
Govan Fire Station Officer, Steve Scott, crowned Shannon O’Donnell of St Constantine’s Primary School the new Govan Queen for 2011. She was attended by school mates Erin Boyle, Carson Ross, Lewis Mitchell and Mico Arriola.
As Fair Association Convener Dorothy Courtney said in the annual programme: ‘Govan is going to be the place to be living in once again, thanks to all the things happening to make it look good. This is creating a new community for the future of Govan with new families moving in. The future looks bright and we still have the community spirit which held people together in the past. I’m very proud of Govan and of what we can achieve.’
Incredibly, the Govan Fair has been held for 254 years. And the next one is not to be missed. Just roll up to Govan on Friday 4 June, 2010 to join the start of a weekend of fun.
At the Victory Christian Centre in Langlands Road, the Govan Fair Queen will be crowned by Heather McMillan, the doughty fighter who has moved Sunny Govan Radio 103.5fm from a community station operating a few weeks in the year to a 24 hour, Glasgow-wide and beyond, formally registered, radio station.
The Queen and her entourage will then drive to Copland Road to lead the procession which wends its way round the area, passing the judges on the balcony at the Pearce Institute, and back to Langlands Road. There the Queen – on a platform – takes the final salute from all the procession acts.
Some of the dance groups dance all the way with amazing acrobatics keeping the crowds agog.
Saturday 5 June has been decreed a family fun day in Elder Park around Elderpark Library so things will be going on inside and outside to suit the weather (it will be a scorcher!) The nice thing is that the hard working Govan Fair Committee headed by Dot Courtney and Kenneth Kerr, have arranged for all the entertainments for children to be FREE!
On Sunday, the local churches will hold a ‘come ye all’ prayer and praise meeting in Elder Park but at the time of writing, the LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW could not establish the time for that. On the same day the Fire Station in Govan Road will have an Open Day.
So don’t miss out – visit Govan on Govan Fair weekend this year to enjoy a treat.