Photographs by Eddie Aitken
Govan Fair held its 256th event on Friday 1 June 2012 with glorious sunshine beaming down on everyone.
River City actor Johnny Beattie crowned Dani Kilbride of Pirrie Park Primary School, this year’s Govan Fair Queen. For the next twelve months, she and her courtiers
will enhance celebrations and events in the Burgh with their presence.
Leading the procession which followed the Queen through the streets, was re-elected councillor Stephen Dornan who is the sole representative of the Glasgow First party. He has carried the ‘Sheep’s Heid’
for the past 20 years. The tale is told that a young weaver who was rejected by the father of the girl he fancied, beheaded one of the father’s prize sheep and paraded round the man’s house saying he’d do that with every one of the flock until he was allowed to marry the girl. Since it was the Govan Weavers’ Society which started the parade at the Fair in 1756, no-one can be sure of the truth of the matter. But it’s been woven into the fabric of the Fair and is as good a reason as any, for the Sheep’s Heid – all 20lbs of it – to proudly lead the way.