Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival

Where: Eyemouth town centre & harbour with Crowning at Home Arms carpark on High Street
When: A Saturday in July (depending on the tides)
Time: 11.45 onwards with arrival of the Queen at 2.30 approx and crowning at 4pm


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The herring harvest was of vital importance to the town of Eyemouth and the surrounding area, and every year the bounty of the sea is celebrated with a festival and the Herring Queen is crowned. The Queen and her attendants wear  lavish costumes and sail into the harbour for a parade around town before the crowning ceremony. After the ceremony , speeches and thanks and prayers, wreaths are laid by the new Queen at the town’s Memorials.The event also commemorates the 1881 disaster when 23 fishing boats and their crew of 129 were lost in a storm, and there is a  memorial tapestry depicting  this event on “Black Friday” in Eyemouth Museum on Manse Road. Many other special events and entertainments are hosted by the town over the whole festival week.

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The exact dating of the Festival is dependent on the tides, and changes may be required at short notice in severe weather.

In 2017 the  Festival ran from 22nd – 30th July and the Coronation was on Saturday 22nd July. 2018 dates are yet to be announced.

Click here for the event website : http://www.eyemouthherringqueen.org.uk/

and here for the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Eyemouth-Herring-Queen-182191965197149/

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