Right royal retinue

Queen-to-be Abbie Keenan with her retinue
Queen-to-be Abbie Keenan with her retinue

HERE is the young lady who will be queen for a week – Kilsyth Academy pupil Abbie Keenan (centre).

Pretty Abbie will be adding a regal touch to the highlight of the town’s social calender - Kilsyth Civic Week, which gets under way on Saturday, June 9.

Naturally her retinue will be there to help and we can now reveal the rest of this year’s line up (l-r)

Fraser Anderson, Kilsyth Primary - page boy, Owen Hamilton, Balmalloch Primary - usher, Eileana Currie, St Maurice’s High School - chamberlain, Caoimhie Clinton, St Patrick’s Primary - flower girl, Emma Watkins, Kilsyth High School - lady-in-waiting, Kirsten Beverige, Kilsyth Academy - lady-in waiting, Emma Kerr, flower girl, Sean Mooney, Balmalloch primary - usher. Finn McTaggart, Kilsyth Primary School - page boy (not pictured )

The royal party will be chiming in with a wider royal theme as the event coincides with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The committee therefore decided that the title for this year’s event should be ‘‘60 Years of Reflection’ but that doesn’t mean for a minute that the event has stuck in the past.

For they have crafted their own Facebook page which generated more than 360 hits in just 48 hours as locals seek information about the event and share photographs of past civic weeks!

Secretary Jean Jones said: “We have already got a lot of interest with people asking how they can enter our talent contest for example - or wanting to go down memory lane.

“We hope that lots of people will be able to see it.’’

Jean also revealed that plans are already afoot to produce a BOOK about the event which will celebrate its 50th birthday in four years’ time.

“We have already been talking about this with a couple of people involved in local history publications - so we are definitely thinking ahead,” she added

Keep an eye out in your News and Chronicle for more news in the run-up to this exciting event.