After what was a bit of a dodgy start, with Isla and her maids, Ellie Mae Turnbull, Leokie Barnett, Katie Shiells and Layla Crowe, not being able to leave from St Abbs due to the sea being too rough, also the threat of heavy rain, the clouds parted and the sun shone ! The day started with our retiring EHQ Miss Colbie Kate Ross and her maids leading the Children’s Procession behind Morpeth Pipe Band and a couple of “Hymouthers” thrown in for good measure. Eyemouth Pipe Band were at the Minden Day commemorations in Berwick but joined us in time for the Crowning processions.
There was a few changes this year as the refreshments after the crowning were held in Eyemouth Community Centre and the Ceilidh was held in the New Eyemouth High School Hall as our planned hall, at the Primary School, had suffered a horrendous flood the week before which ruined the flooring. With quite a few emails and phone calls, and the much appreciated assistance of Cllr Carole Hamilton and AMEY, our ceilidh was relocated and everyone danced the night away to the Bon Accord Ceilidh band.
However, the heavens opened on the Sunday but our Market and Music day went ahead regardless. Plenty to see and do with great stalls, cream teas and entertainment from The Podlies, Roger West, The Tinkers, Acoustic Sting and Seabreeze. It really was a case of “Singing, and Dancing in the Rain”…. thank you to all you die-hards who came along, stayed and had a fab time.
Monday morning gave us a fantastic Sandcastle Competition with sunscreen a plenty however the “light shower” that the weather app predicted in the evening was more like monsoon season !!! No parade for us that night but again, people stayed and the kids had their costumes judged regardless. Two days in a row the “Smurfs” were soaked to the skin, but hey, we carried on. Weather won’t beat us !!! If Noah had shown up with an Ark, nobody would have been shocked !!
The rest of the week was more forgiving weather wise and all the other events went off without a hitch. From Pet Shows to Golf, Scavenger Hunts to Quizzes, Darts to Dancing… all hugely attending and a load of smiley faced people at the end, job done.
The final Saturday was indeed a “Super Saturday”. Plenty fun at the Family Beach Games, Wacky Races, PJ Parade and the ever amazing Firework display from Pyromancer which we estimate about 1500 people viewed from the Bantry. One onlooker said, “worthy of Disney!”
All in all, a very successful week with fantastic feedback. Date for your diary, next year on Saturday 20th July, we crown our 75th EHQ, but there’s loads to do before then and now. Lots of events to have fun and help raise funds for your local festival at the same time.
So thanks again Hymouthe, surrounding areas and all the visitors who came along, joined in and had fun.
That’s what it’s all about………….