Kelso fair success

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The crowds and the sun were both out in force for this year’s 10th anniversary St James’ Fair in Kelso at the weekend.

There was a full programme of events and activities, as well as a large range of stalls run by local traders.

Caitlin Dickman of Kelso with a barn owl on her head at this year's Kelso St James Fair.

Caitlin Dickman of Kelso with a barn owl on her head at this year's Kelso St James Fair.

The ceremonial element kicked off on Saturday morning with the parade leaving the Tait Hall at 11.30am for the square.

Keeping faithful to the history of the fair, this year’s Kelso Laddie and Jedburgh Callant presented a proclamation to the Kelso Provost, John Bassett, who explained he could not cry the fair as Kelso is not a royal burgh and so called on the provost of Jedburgh, Richard Gordon, to perform the ceremonial duty.

The crowning ceremony was then carried out by this year’s guest of honour, Derek Robeson, who crowned Cameron Dickson and Lara Reader as the King and Queen.

The fair Standard Bearer was Joshua Mackellar and Cushion Bearer was Suzie Armstrong.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. Queen Lara Reader is crowned by guest of honour Derek Robeson watched by outgoing king Matt Ballantyne.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. Queen Lara Reader is crowned by guest of honour Derek Robeson watched by outgoing king Matt Ballantyne.

Town Crier John Weirter then cried the fair, followed by the ringing of the town bell.

Chairman of the fair organising committee, Peter Fry, was delighted with the way the event went, saying: “Overall the fair this year was brilliant. We were a bit disappointed by the very late withdrawal of the Continental Market, but everything else went off very well.

“There was also a great programme of entertainment that everyone seemed to enjoy.”

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. Guest of honour Derek Robeson crown's Cameron Dickson.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. Guest of honour Derek Robeson crown's Cameron Dickson.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. King, Cameron Dickson with queen Lara Reader with standard bearer Joshua Mackellar and cushion bearer Suzie Armstrong.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. King, Cameron Dickson with queen Lara Reader with standard bearer Joshua Mackellar and cushion bearer Suzie Armstrong.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. King, Cameron Dickson with queen Lara Reader with standard bearer Joshua Mackellar and cushion bearer Suzie Armstrong.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014. King, Cameron Dickson with queen Lara Reader with standard bearer Joshua Mackellar and cushion bearer Suzie Armstrong.

Kelso's St James' Fair. Production of The Addams Family to appear in March 2015.

Kelso's St James' Fair. Production of The Addams Family to appear in March 2015.

Kelso's St James' Fair. Production of The Addams Family to appear in March 2015.

Kelso's St James' Fair. Production of The Addams Family to appear in March 2015.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014.

Kelso's St James' Fair 2014.

Kelso's St James' Fair. Parade from the Tait Hall, Kelso Pipe Band.

Kelso's St James' Fair. Parade from the Tait Hall, Kelso Pipe Band.