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26th

Aug

Lanimer 2021

Lanimers
Gordon Gray

Spectacular Costume Parade set for 4 September

The Lanimer Committee has been working hard over the past 8 months to make arrangements for the 2021 Lanimer Event on Saturday the 4th September. This event will consist of a Lanimer Costume Parade from St Leonard Street to Castlebank park, followed by the Crowning of Lanimer Queen Elect Lacey Holmes in the park. 

Starting at 10.30am, our parade will be made up of several of our regular Lanimer Entrants and we are pleased to advise that we shall also be accompanied by Coalburn Silver Band, the Pipes and Drums of Coalburn IOR and by The Beats of Brazil samba band. Unfortunately the parade will not contain any Lanimer Lorries (COVID restrictions made construction of these impossible in recent months), but we are delighted to advise that our Lanimer Costume parade will include over 400 costumed entrants which we are sure will be a spectacular sight.

Keeping with tradition, we are pleased to advise that we will be accompanied by Police Scotland Mounted Branch who will head the parade. Other equestrian involvement in the parade will include our Lanimer Champion, accompanied by the First & Second Lords and Outriders on horseback who will lead our Lanimer Entrants down the High Street, Castlegate and on to Castlebank Park. Behind the Lanimer entrants will be members of the Lord Cornets' Club who will be followed by the Lanimer Queen's State procession including our Crowning Lady, Mrs Sharon Hamilton and remaining members of the Lanimer Court. 

Lanimer Queen Elect Lacey will round off the parade, accompanied by a guard of honour from the 499 Squadron of the Lanark RAF Air Cadets.

The Crowning Ceremony will take place in Castlebank Park at approximately 12 noon. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

**Admittance to Castlebank Park will be by ticket only. Wristband tickets will be issued to all those taking part in the parade with an allocation also provided to entrants families. The numbers in the park will be limited such that reasonable social distancing can be practiced.

Within Castlebank park, the Crowning Ceremony will take place on staging within a roped off arena. Allocated seating will be provided in the area for the parents of the Lanimer Court. VERY LIMITED NUMBERS of  wristbands are available (free) to the public and will be supplied on a first come, first served basis by contacting lanimer.secretary@gmail.com **

Following the Crowning Ceremony, Queen Lacey will issue Lanimer Medals to all those taking part in the parade. We then invite you to join us for "Queen Lacey's Day in the Park". Food retailers will be available in the park and we will have live musical entertainment on the arena stage till approximately 4pm. Please note that Castlebank Park will be an alcohol free event as we wish to encourage a family atmosphere in support of Queen Lacey and her Court.

The 2021 Lanimer Brochure will be on sale from the usual outlets from Thursday 26th August (priced at only £4). This year's brochure is packed full of information on the details of the September Lanimer Event and contains all the official photos of the 2021 Lanimer Principals and Court as well as a number of very interesting and informative articles. We would like to thank the various local businesses who have supported this year's brochure through purchase of adverts or through selling from their premises, their support is greatly appreciated.

In terms of other Lanimer events associated with our September event, we are delighted to announce that the members of the Lanimer Court will be taking part in the traditional decorated garden competition, with a variety of existing themes we are sure. A detailed map of all the locations of the decorated houses can be found in the Lanimer Brochure.  A number of past Lanimer Queens and Crowning Ladies are also decorating their gardens with decorative Crown's and Balloon arches respectively.  Local businesses are being encouraged to decorate shop windows in the theme of "The Emergency Services".

We would also like to encourage members of the community to join in with the Lanimer spirit and, if they are able to, decorate their houses and gardens with bunting.

Our final Lanimer Event will take place on the 5th of September with the return of the "Lanimer Lowland Games" at Castlebank Park between 10.30am and 12.30pm where we there will be a number of fun sporting activities for primary and secondary school children, including a socially distant medal ceremony for the winners.

Chairman of the Lanimer Committee, ex Lord Cornet Kenny Lean said; 

"The Lanimer Committee have worked especially hard to deliver a safe and secure event that will see the return of the Crowning ceremony to our Royal Burgh. We hope you can support us by coming along to cheer the parade in the Street or if you have access to tickets by supporting our event in Castlebank Park. 

We hope this will be a very unique and memorable way to mark Lanimers 2021 after such a difficult period for everybody. We look forward to Lanimer Week 2022 where we hope to see some further resumption of normality and the return of more of our traditional events. In the meantime can I wish everybody, especially our Lanimer Queen Elect, her court and Crowning Lady a very Happy Lanimers "

The September Lanimer Event is being supported by Event Scotland through Scotland's Event's Recovery Fund.

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