The Queen who thought she had missed out

Peebles Beltane Queen and Court Picked.
Peebles Beltane Queen and Court Picked.
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BELTANE Saturday will truly be a Red Letter Day for Peebles schoolgirl Amy Gilfillan.

The 12-year-old has been named as this year’s Beltane Queen and will be crowned on the steps of the town’s Parish Church on the morning of June 25.

Peebles Beltane Queen and Court Picked.

Peebles Beltane Queen and Court Picked.

Kingsland primary pupil Amy was revealed as this year’s Queen at a ceremony in the Drill Hall – and she later admitted she was truly shocked, but excited.

But she also revealed, that because the Queen was the last to be named amongst the Court principals, she thought she had missed out.

Amy lives in the town with parents Chris and Lynsey and younger brother Rory.

A beaming Amy told TheSouthern: “I am delighted to be selected and I am really looking forward to the Beltane.

“It really did come out of nowhere. I heard all the other positions being called, watched them go onto the stage and thought ‘Oh well’ – but now I have the best role of all.”

The latest in a line of Queens that dates back to 1899 plays tenor horn in the Peebles Silver Band and enjoys ballet and netball.

Cornet Elect, Ewen Young and his Lass Laura Cox were among the first to congratulate Amy and Ewen presented her with her Beltane Queen Sash.

After the ceremony in the hall the Beltane Queen of 2011 and her Court were introduced to the waiting public outside and paraded through the town with the Cornet Elect and his supporters.

The crowing ceremony this year will be carried out by Margaret Abbot, with Amy wearing robes presented by the Royal Burgh of Peebles Callants Club in 1988 to replace robes presented in 1926 by exiles in New Zealand. The crown used each year was donated in 1921 by exiles Mr and Mrs Arthur Daniels living in Singapore.