Peebles Beltane Festival Week begins next Sunday, June 14, celebrating the town’s local legend, history and tradition until Saturday June 20.
After nominations opened early this year, the 2015 Beltane Festival Principals were announced on Friday April 24 in Peebles’ Burgh Hall: Cornet-Elect Kieran Scott and his Lass Beth Williamson, Warden of Neidpath Eric Gilmour, Warden of Cross Kirk Ian Gray, Crowning Lady Elizabeth White, and Reader of the Boundaries Morris Anderson.
The Court of the Beltane Queen, a P7 girl chosen from one of the town’s three primary schools, was announced on Wednesday May 13 in the Drill Hall, before being led out by the Cornet-Elect and his supporters along the High Street.
This year’s Court are: Beltane Queen Emma Latto (Priorsford), Chief Maid Amy Brown (Halyrude), First Courtier Paul Armitage (Kingsland), and Second Courtier Callum Thornley (Halyrude). After five years as Chairman of the Beltane Committee, Ex-Cornet (1979) Alastair Dodds passed the Chairman’s role on to last years Vice-Chairman Keith Brunton.
The week’s events begin on Sunday June 14 with the Procession to the Inaugural Service at the Cross Kirk at 5.45pm, when the Warden of the Cross Kirk is installed. The Primary School Disco follows on Monday in the Drill Hall at 6.30pm, before the Children’s Sports Day at Whitestone Park on Tuesday.
On Wednesday at 6.10pm, the Cornet and Lass will process from the Quadrangle to the Parish Church steps, where they will be installed. The cavalcade then go Riding the Marches, Fording the Tweed at 8.30pm. There will be Horse Races on the Gold Course Race Track at 9pm, and the Cornet’s Reel at 10.15pm.
A new event for Thursday is the Beltane Junior Rideout, led by the Cornet and the Lass, leaving Kingsmeadows car park at 6pm. Afterwards, the Beltane Concert begins in the Burgh Hall at 7.30pm, followed by the Cornet’s Walk at 9.30pm.
On Friday, judging for the Fancy Dress Parade starts at 7pm on Tweed Green, followed by the procession at 7.30pm. On Beltane Saturday, the Beltane Fair Proclamation begins at 9.10am, followed by the Beltane Queen’s Crowning Ceremony at the Parish Church at 10am, the Grand Procession at 11.30am, and Service of Remembrance at the County War Memorial. Finally, the Open Sports begin in Whitestone Park at 1.30pm on Sunday June 21.