Loanhead Gala Day is a great success.

Monday June 26th 2023

AK0I1127riders of the storm as part of park entertainment

Riders of the storm performing in the park.


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

A warm and sunny day brought thousands of people into the centre of Loanhead on Saturday to witness the crowning of Loanhead’s 111th School Queen, Amy McWilliams, and the subsequent large procession through the town. A large and varied programme of family entertainment then followed in the town’s Memorial Park.

This year’s star attraction were the equestrian stunt team, Riders of the Storm, proving a particular hit with the large crowds.

Loanhead Children’s Day is Midlothian’s oldest local festival and one of Scotland’s largest traditional children’s gala days. The overwhelming view in Loanhead is that the 2023 version was amongst the best in the long history of the event.

All photographs by Joe Gilhooley LRPS, copyright 2023.

AK0I0035queen elect amy mcwilliams with herald zak Robertson collecting her from home

Queen elect Amy Mcwilliams with herald Zak Robertson collecting her from home.

AK0I0012-queen-elect Amy McWilliams with MacTaggart Scott Band at her home

C53A0161loanhead gala court 2023 as herald zak robertson reads royal proclamation

C53A0117massed pipes and drums march to crowning ceremony

C53A0041mining heritage banner party march to crowning ceremony

AK0I1471-enjoying The Shows at Loanhead Gala Day park entertainment

AK0I1392-enjoying The Shows at Loanhead Gala Day park entertainment

AK0I1198queen amy mcwilliams and herald zak robertson lay wreath at war memorial

AK0I0499glencorse pipe band in grand procession

AK0I0467queen amy mcwilliams and train bearers alice mcgonigle and brooke morris

AK0I0432queen amy mcwilliams herald zak robertson lay wreath at mining memorial stone

AK0I0404penicuik junior hunter and lass wave from stage

Penicuik Junior Hunter and Lass

AK0I0396local lady Chelsea Cornet Scotland footballer and Gala chairman Ross perfect wave from stage

Chelsea Cornet Scotland footballer and Gala chairman Ross.

AK0I0306 Loanhead Gala Queen Amy McWilliams train Brearers alice mcgonigle and brooke morris

AK0I0289champion marcus kennedy gives his challenge

AK0I0261School Queen amy mcwilliams crowned by Mrs Lorna Brown

AK0I0104massed pipes and drums march to crowning ceremony

Enjoying Loanhead Gala Day Sports

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