EVEN the rain couldn’t dampen spirits as thousands of Kilsythians turned out at Burngreen to enjoy the start of Civic Week 2011 on Saturday.
The day started with the town bathed in sunshine as the parade prepared to depart Kilsyth Academy.
A good old Scottish summer drizzle soon started, but thankfully the torrential downpours which fell elsewhere on the day stayed away.
Once the parade reached Burngreen, the Lord Chamberlain got proceedings underway with his address: “Councillors, honorary guests, citizens of Kilsyth; I bid you welcome on this historic day to witness and rejoice in the coronation of our Civic Week Queen for the year 2011.”
This year’s Civic Queen Laura-Ann Scott was then crowned by retiring Queen, Ellyss Conroy, to the cheers of the near 2000 strong crowd.
Entertainment was provided by Kilsyth Thistle Pipe Band, The Starlets cheerleaders, Twa Kwan Do and Zumba dancers.
The park was also jam packed with stalls for various organisations, and two fire engines, which kept the youngsters amused.
Committee member Jean Jones said: “It was on par with the busiest it’s ever been I think.
“We were expecting it to be quieter because of the rain but then when we turned the corner into the park it was full of people.
“Even the police were saying, ‘Where have all of these people come from?’
“I would like to thank all of the volunteers who turned out on the day and MTL Transport for helping with the arrangements.
“It turned out a great day - it’s all about bringing the community together and the weather didn’t stop anyone enjoying themselves!”
Meanwhile, Sunday saw the under-12’s football tournament take place at the St Patrick’s Sportsfield.
After a very evenly contested competition, the youngsters of Holy Cross Primary emerged as worthy winners.
WHAT’S STILL TO COME
Today (Wednesday), June 15
5pm: Presentation of Prizes –
Poetry and Art.
Burngreen Hall, Kilsyth.
Sponsored by Scotia Books.
7.30pm: Children’s Trivia Quiz.
St. Patrick’s Primary School.
Open to teams of four, aged 12 and under.
Teams can just turn up on the night.
All day: Civic Week Medal Golf Tournament.
Sponsored by Cowan Print.
Thursday, June 16
7pm: Swimming Gala.
Kilsyth Swimming Pool.
Entry by ticket only.
9.30pm: Adult Trivia Quiz.
Friday, June 17
7pm: Finals of the Bowling Tournament.
Kilsyth Miners’ Bowling Club.
Saturday, June 18
10am-12noon: Car Boot Sale.
For further details contact Jean on 822960.
10am: Adult Football
Sponsored by McLachlan’s Opticians.
For further information contact Gordon on 825278.
10am: Odd Item Out in Shop Window.
Forms available from Cafe Refresh and winners announced on the afternoon.
12noon: Scottish Poetry
For more details contact Jean on 822960.
1.30pm: Cultural Festival.
Sunday, June 19
4pm: Gospel Concert.
If the weather is inclement then it will move to Kilsyth Community Church.