Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Pageants, Parades & Fancy Dress in Earlston

A summer events theme with photographs from the Auld Earlston Collection, 

Not in procession, but  Earlston Clown Band  is  here  appropriately dressed and ready to take part in the Galashiels Historical Peace Pageant of summer 1919 -  a parade of bands and  ex-servcemen,  with wreath laying,  was followed by a fancy dress show. picnic  and sports.  A  seven minute vintage  film of the event is held at Scottish Film Archive.

A year earlier in 1918,  the band were dressed to take part in the Galashiels Cycle Parade.

In 1934 the Pageant of Ercildoune  took place on the nearby estate of Carolside.  The costumed outdoor event portrayed in drama, music and dance some of the scenes from Earlston and Border history,  produced by Earlston Girl's Club, and directed by Colonel Ferguson.  Below - the arrival with her retinue of of Mary Queen of Scots.

The Coronation of George VI in 1937  was celebrated in this float with  the leading figure Britannia.   

On to Earlston  Civic Week which began in 1972, with fun events, races, social get togethers, and concerts, culminating on the Saturday in the fancy dress parade, torchlight procession and fireworks display - now about to celebrate its 43rd anniversary. 

To end, two of the oldest photographs in the Auld Earlston collection - a parade of soldiers off to camp in July 1907 and  a year later the  Pipe Band led a procession along Earlston High Street to mark the "Semi-Jubilee" of the local Temperance Society.   

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1 comment:

  1. I would like to know more about the Earlston Clown Band - looks like great fun. Pat. .


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