|Where:||Loanhead, Midlothian at Fountain Green and the Memorial Park|
|When:||4th Saturday in June|
|Time:||10.30 am onwards|
Children’s Day at Loanhead is a gala event which has been well established for over a century and is the oldest event of its kind in the district. The main event is held on the fourth Saturday in June with a varied programme of activities leading up to it including a parade of floats, sports and entertainments. The Crowning Ceremony itself is held at Fountain Green in the centre of town – the Queen is accompanied by a plethora of up to about 90 lavishly costumed attendants including a herald, champion and ladies and gentlemen in waiting. It’s a tradition that all the Court attendants should decorate their houses so watch out for homes bedecked with flowers and ribbons – the best decorated receive prizes.The coronation is followed by the Grand Procession with massed bands, which is reckoned to be the biggest parade in Midlothian, wreath-laying at the War Memorial and in the afternoon there’s a programme of entertainment in the Memorial Park.
In 2017 it will be on Saturday June 24th.
The full programme of events will be on the excellent website (see below). For a full history of the event, read Alan Mclaren’s well illustrated “The History of Midlothian’s Local Festivals” which is also available through the website.
Click here for the event website : http://www.loanheadgaladay.co.uk/
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