Rose Queen’s crowning glory

Lynn Herbert, local solicitor, crowns Rebecca Balfour as Leven Rose Queen 2012
Lynn Herbert, local solicitor, crowns Rebecca Balfour as Leven Rose Queen 2012

A HALF-hour shower on Saturday threatened to get Rose Queen Rebecca Balfour’s reign off to a damp start.

But organisers were prepared, with a gazebo, umbrellas and other forms of shelter standing by.

And, while Parkhill’s school choir bravely bore the brunt of the elements, the crowning, by local solicitor Lynn Herbert, took place amid the custom and splendour befitting the highlight of Leven’s summer civic calendar.

Carberry House in Leven was the venue for the day of celebrations, which launched the town’s Civic Week for 2012.

Linda Allardyce, of Leven’s Civic Week committee, said the organisers were “absolutely delighted that all the hard work resulted in a fantastic Rose Queen Day”.

Apart from one small downpour, she added, the rest of the day was a great success, with a fine range of talent exhibited by the concert, displays and bands, in addition to the largest amount of fund-raising community stalls ever.

The visit of Civic Week pandas, Rosie and Queenie, also added extra spice to the attractions.