Sea Queen ceremony

The St Monans Sea Queen party for 2014, featuring this year's Queen, Caitlan Duncan, centre
The St Monans Sea Queen party for 2014, featuring this year's Queen, Caitlan Duncan, centre

St Monans Sea Queen Day – the oldest gala day in the East Neuk – returns to the village this Saturday.

An established family-friendly day out for over 50 years, Sea Queen Day takes place at noon around the picturesque old harbour, which has been decorated with bunting and lined with many colourful stalls.

The 2014 Sea Queen is Caitlan Duncan, an S4 Waid pupil, with her royal party from St Monans Primary.

The day’s attractions promise something for everyone, such as displays by a variety of companies involving local young people, including martial arts, dance and singing.

Animal Magic, fun with Checos, music from the superb Milnberg Jazz Band, St Monans Community Choir, the Good Citizen Award and the Sea Queen Grand Raffle also fill the diary.

There’s a fancy dress competition, open to all under 12-year-olds, plus results from local school contests.

There will be face painting and a bouncy castle and slide, plus other attractions for the children. Great fresh food will be on offer, plus a variety of stalls, including local charities, crafts and produce – and visitors will be spoiled for choice with the home baking and plants on offer too.

The Sea Queen and her entourage will arrive in St Monans Harbour on board the Reaper, accompanied by the Anstruther lifeboat and a flotilla of small boats.

This year, there will be several new ‘specials’ involving the Sea Queen party.

If the weather is not fine, festivities will move indoors to the Town Hall and Church Hall.

Sunday sees the traditional Kirkin’ Service at St Monans Auld Kirk, which starts at 10.00 a.m. It is preceded by the Sea Queen party parading along Braehead to the Kirk to meet up on the ancient stone bridge over the Inverie Burn for a short ceremony.