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Gala queens in the frame; Old photographs see the light of day.

Jackie Grant It was a lovely trip down memory lane for former Locharbriggs gala queens on Sunday.

The ladies were reunited with photos of themselves taken on their big day at an event in the community centre.

Thanks to cash from the Dalswinton Windfarm Community Benefit Fund, Locharbriggs Community Centre Association reframed photos that had been lying in a cupboard for years.

Chairman John Caskie said: "From 1969 until 1986, Locharbriggs held a successful gala from the community centre, although there has been other galas in various forms since then.

"Each year, the chosen queen had her picture taken and displayed above the stage at Locharbriggs Community Centre.

"When the centre was redecorated, the photos were taken down and put in a cupboard. One of the queens contacted us to say she didn't have a colour photo of herself taken on the day and asked if we did.

"The frames on the photos were old and bashed so with windfarm money we decided to reframe them and hold an afternoon tea to reunite the queens with their photos."

More than 100 family and friends joined the queens at the event.

Among them was 1969 gala queen Shirley Potts, now Brown, and 1985 queen Carol Wilkinson, who travelled from her home in Manchester for the day.

The ladies were presented with their photos by Ken Cameron OBE, the first chairman of the community centre.

John said afterwards: "It was a delight to welcome many of our former queens to be presented with their photo.

"Thanks to Ken Cameron who presented the photos, Alison Hall, nee Cannon, who was the 1975 queen for her words of thanks, and to the many locals who turned out and made it such an enjoyable and memorable afternoon."

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Big thanks Molly Callander, the first secretary of the Locharbriggs Community Centre, is presented with flowers

Two of a kind Former queens Shirley Potts and Carol Wilkinson

Big moment Ken Cameron gives the former gala queens their pictures

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Sep 7, 2018
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