Cormac Mccrory, 8 and Leah Hunter, 10 are both from Blantyre and have just been chosen as Blantyre’s Gala King and Queen 2015. Selected randomly by Blantyre Community Committee from over 70 entries, the lucky kids will represent our town and be officially crowned in the Royal Pageant at the Gala day on Saturday 27th June 2015.
The Royal Pageant will consist of 8 children, the 6 runners up being announced yesterday. All 8 children will receive some royal pampering on the day, being driven around in limousines, receiving crowns and tiaras, as well as trophies as momentos of their special day.
Speaking exclusively to Blantyre Telegraph, Nicola (Cormac’s mother) told us, “Cormac is 8 years old. He’s attends St Josephs Primary School and loves parkour. Cormac was shocked when he heard the news and a little worried about his duties as king. He had since told his little sister ‘she must obey him as king of blantyre’. The whole family are looking forward to recreating the good memories from blantyre gala days past.“
Gail, (Leah’s mother) was equally excited adding, “Leah was very excited when she was told! Her dance teacher told her in front of the whole class and she was very excited. All the girls gave her congratulations and hugs. We’re so excited. I reacted rather excitedly also and couldn’t wait to tell my gran. We are all very excited and its such an honour for her and our family.” Gail also told us later that co-incidentally this luck and honour runs in her family. Her aunt, named Joan Hunter was the YMCA Gala Queen in 1971 crowned at Stonefield Public Park.
The Gala Day starts at 11am at David Livingstone Centre, although everybody in the town in invited to walk with the colourful Summer Parade first, leaving from Blantyre Miners Welfare in Calder Street from 11am down to David Livingstone Centre. It’s all shaping up to be a great day. Entry is free.