Bonnet Guild Festival Week 2017
The Bonnet Guild is delighted to announce the Corsehill Queen and her court for 2017. The Corsehill Queen will be Natalie Smith and this year’s First Courtier will be Matthew Lyon.
All chosen from second year pupils by Stewarton Academy (with the exception of the two Pages and Queen’s Highlander who are chosen by the local primary schools) the full court is as follows; Corsehill Queen Natalie Smith, 1st Maid Ellie Marinov, 2nd Maid Maria McCaffrey, Maids: Jenna Graham, Anna Sinclair, Rowan McClure and Kirsty Wall. First Courtier Matthew Lyon, 2nd Courtier Andrew Lancaster, Herald Max Burns, Sword Bearer Aadam Saafi, Crown Bearer Evan Dixon, Sceptre Bearer Morgan Cumming, Queen’s Highlander Ian Goldie, Pages Josh Woods and Jack Matheson. All pupils are currently in second year at Stewarton Academy with the exception of the two Pages who are in Primary 3 at Lainshaw Primary and the Queen’s Highlander who is in Primary 7 at Nether Robertland Primary
The coronation will take place in its traditional location on Avenue Square on Gala Day Saturday, 17 June. In the event of wet weather the crowning will be moved indoors to the Area Centre, just off Avenue Square.
This year’s 84th Bonnet Guild festival week will run from Saturday 10 June to Sunday 18 June 2017 with the highlight of the week, the crowning of the Corsehill Queen taking place on Gala Day, Saturday, 17 June in Avenue Square, Stewarton.
John Lynes, President of Stewarton Bonnet Guild said: “This year marks the 84th Bonnet Guild festival and we are looking forward to the forthcoming festival week very much. Preparations are well underway and celebrations will commence with traditional bunting being hung along the main streets of Stewarton at the beginning of the week, and will finish with the parade to the war memorial and divine service on Sunday 18 June. The “Time Travel” theme for the decorated shop window displays and float parade on Saturday 17 June, is sure to be one of the most colourful and anticipated parts of the week and we are hoping for record participation in this our 84th year!
The eagerly anticipated festival returns with a week of the usual fun, games and activities planned, for all ages to enjoy. For the full programme of festival event details see Bonnet Guild Souvenir Programme – on door to door sale from Friday 26th May and then in various outlets around the town. Please support your Bonnet Guild programme sellers!
The Bonnet Guild festival began in 1933 and was originally created by local businessmen in Stewarton to provide a summer gala day for local families. Today, it is a week-long community festival, run by volunteer members of the Bonnet Guild – a non-profit organisation. All proceeds raised from this year’s festival will go towards ensuring the local festival will return next year for the whole community to enjoy once again.
Anyone interested in helping, sponsoring, supporting or donating to this year’s Festival should contact President John Lynes on 01560 482808 or 07932 10275.