Bit of history in the run up to this year’s Rose Queen

May Davidson (nee Dalrymple) who was Rose Queen in 1941.
May Davidson (nee Dalrymple) who was Rose Queen in 1941.

With just days to go until the annual Rose Queen Ceremony in Leven, the Mail has been given a little bit of history.

The picture above shows the ceremony of 1941, with the queen of that year, May Dalrymple (now Davidson), leading the procession at Carberry House.

As you can see from the picture, was was sent to Linda Allardyce of the Civic Week committee, the ceremony was at that time conducted on the upper section of the grounds, while the crowds - of which there were hundreds - gathered on the lower section to watch the crowning.

May - who attended Parkhill Primary and later Mitchell Street school - married her husband Joe, the love of her life in 1948, and the pair emigrated to Canada a year later. They enjoyed a long and happy marriage and had two children, James and Jane.

Mrs Davidson (88) last visited her hometown of Leven in 2003, but daughter-in-law Valerie says May often speaks proudly of Leven and her many happy memories here, including playing at the beach, walks in Letham Glen and the wonderful people of Leven.

May even still has the silver 1941 Rose Queen broach that was presented to her on the day of the ceremony.

This year’s festivities will kick off at noon on Saturday. Before the ceremony takes place at 3.00p.m., there will be lots to enjoy in the grounds of the historic Carberry House, including tea and beer tent, raffle, cake and candy stall, bouncy castle and fancy dress competition (winners announced at 2.00p.m.)

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and A1 Coaches mascots Izzy and Carter will also be there to entertain the little ones.

The ceremony will be followed by the parade around the town at 3.15p.m.