Leven Rose Queen awaits big occasion

THE curtain will be rising soon on another burst of summer colour and pageantry in Leven.

The annual Civic Week feast of community spirit will be heralded once again by the annual Rose Queen ceremony at Carberry House.

And it’ll be a day to cherish on June 9 for Parkhill Primary pupil Rebecca Balfour (pictured front, centre), who has been selected as Rose Queen for 2012, and her attendants.

Preparations are continuing for Rose Queen Day and Civic Week, with a number of events still to be confirmed – but there is one special highlight.

Edinburgh Zoo enjoyed great excitement with the arrival of its giant pandas – and Leven will be introducing its very own ‘giant pandas’ for Civic Week!

They will be arriving on Rose Queen Day and a spokesman said: “Just like Sweetie and Sunshine, our Rosie and Queenie come from China and look fantastic!”

Festivities during Civic Week will also include a panda picnic at Parkhill Primary School.

Other events are also in the diary as the build-up continues to the biggest spectacular in Leven’s summer calendar.

Rose Queen Day begins at noon on June 9 and will feature, among other attractions, the annual community concert, plus the fancy dress competition at 2pm.

Local solicitor Lynn Herbert will be crowning the Rose Queen, followed at 3.15pm by the parade, led by Kennoway Pipe Band.

The Rose Queen children will attend the Civic Week Service at Leven Parish Church on June 10, followed by a visit to the residents at Scoonie House.

A repeat of last year’s Exile on North Street (band afternoon) will also take place that day.

•Pictured above is the royal party – back from left, Finlay Galloway, Caitlin Kelly, Tia Serman, Jodie Lynch and Sara Davidson. Front, from left, Craig Petrie, Rebecca Balfour and Lucas Guthrie.