Langlee languishes in the sun

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Langlee has such freakish luck when hosting its annual carnival, one has to wonder if they have friends on high.

Yet again, the housing estate enjoyed the best of weather on Saturday, which enticed residents – and some from further afield – to the fabulously run community centre to enjoy the unbridled community spirit Langleeans are becoming known for.

Ruby and Connor open the fair

Ruby and Connor open the fair

It seems that every year, there is more going on than the one before. And that’s because there is. The carnival was opened by Langlee Lad and Lass Connor McPherson and Ruby Weir, who arrived in style – this year in a luxury car – ahead of the fancy dress parade, which was judged by Braw Lass Alice McKay.

The usual kiddies’ rides and bouncy castles were popular in the car park, as was the climbing wall and the bucking bronco – in the shape of a camel.

Indoors, as well as the normal tea, coffee, tombola and bric-a-brac, there were trade stalls and superb musical offerings from the likes of the Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band, the Langlee Community Choir and outfit Cambo.

Also new this year were pony rides – for which there was a constant queue – a display by the local men’s sheds group and fun from kids’ magical entertainer Chris Wish.

Braw Lass Alice McKay with Peppa Pig

Braw Lass Alice McKay with Peppa Pig

Joint chairman of Langlee Carnival, Heidi Wilson, told The Southern: “We just add a little each time, not too much.

“We change things around a little each year, but still keep the same original idea for the carnival – which is really just a good, fun, family day out.

“We are very lucky with the weather – we book a good day every year – and it does help to have things outside as well as in the hall, so people have enough to do to last all day.”

Visit our website – www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk – to watch a video of carnival highlights.

Langlee parade

Langlee parade

Aladdin 1 with Braw Lass Alice McKay

Aladdin 1 with Braw Lass Alice McKay

The Qureshi family

The Qureshi family

Worst witch are Maud (Eva McKinven ) and Mildred (Lucy McKinven) and mum in the middle Susy Rawlinson

Worst witch are Maud (Eva McKinven ) and Mildred (Lucy McKinven) and mum in the middle Susy Rawlinson

Connor gives every one a royal wave

Connor gives every one a royal wave

She made it to the top

She made it to the top

Fun at the carnival fair

Fun at the carnival fair

Giving everyone a song was Lucy Corbett

Giving everyone a song was Lucy Corbett