Picture special: Rose Queen blooms once more

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Last week’s warm, relaxing spell of weather had broken by the time of Leven’s summer gala showpiece – but the rain stayed hidden as the community revelled in another Rose Queen Day.

Large crowds as usual packed the town’s Carberry House gardens on Saturday for the 2015 ceremony, which heralded the annual Civic Week.

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015. Leven Rose Queen 2015, Lola Taylor

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015. Leven Rose Queen 2015, Lola Taylor

Displays of dancing, zumba and cheerleading, along with performances by choirs from Leven’s three primary schools – St Agatha’s, Mountfleurie and Parkhill – were complemented by a fancy dress competition, won by six-year-old Ruby Kelly as Cleopatra, and then the crowning ceremony, in which this year’s Rose Queen, Parkhill P7 pupil Lola Taylor, took pride of place amid the procession of attendants and flower girls.

Lola was crowned by Christine Anderson, the former depute head teacher at Parkhill.

Numerous local organisations had stalls at the venue and there was a host of 
inflatable rides and slides to keep energetic young 
visitors amused.

Linda Allardyce, of Leven’s Civic Week committee, said nine months of organisation had paid off, with the day again proving a success.

We’ve had fantastic volunteers this year too

Linda Allardyce

Itwas great to have the support of the school choirs, the community, and others, for Civic Week, she said, adding: “We’ve had fantastic volunteers this year too.”

Some additional familiar-looking characters joined in the fun this year – as well as Civic Week pandas, Rosie and Queenie, there were Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, plus Elmo from ‘Sesame Street’.

The day concluded with the parade through the town centre, led by Methilhill Community Pipe Band.

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015. Leven Rose Queen 2015, Lola Taylor, with royal party and flower girls.

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015. Leven Rose Queen 2015, Lola Taylor, with royal party and flower girls.

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015. Leven Rose Queen 2015, Lola Taylor crowned by Christine Anderson who retired from Parkhill Primary School as Deputy Head Teacher in 2011.

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015. Leven Rose Queen 2015, Lola Taylor crowned by Christine Anderson who retired from Parkhill Primary School as Deputy Head Teacher in 2011.

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015.

Leven Rose Queen Day 2015.

Lola Taylor became Leven's Rose Queen for 2015 (picture by George McLuskie)

Lola Taylor became Leven's Rose Queen for 2015 (picture by George McLuskie)

Leven Rose Queen 2015, Street parade.

Leven Rose Queen 2015, Street parade.

Lola Taylor addresses the crowds.

Lola Taylor addresses the crowds.