Bonnet Guild


Bonnet Guild Festival Week 2014

14th – 22nd June 2014


The Bonnet Guild is pleased to announce that this year’s 81st anniversary festival week will run from Saturday 14 June to Sunday 22 June with the highlight of the week, the crowning of the Corsehill Queen taking place on Gala Day, Saturday, 21 June in Avenue Square, Stewarton.

The crowning will be followed by the annual street parade featuring colourful floats decorated in this year’s Bonnet Guild theme “A country of the Commonwealth” and a procession of classic cars. Following last year’s success, Gala Day will once again be held in the grounds of Lainshaw Primary, Kilwinning Road.

The Corsehill Queen 2014, and her court have been 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) as follows; Corsehill Queen Jennifer Pryce, 1st Maid Amy McDade, 2nd Maid Miriam Gill, accompanying Maids: Iona Watt, Robyn Morton, Niamh Campbell and Emma Moore.  First Courtier Billy Brazier, 2nd Courtier Angus Busby, Herald Joe Taylor, Sword Bearer Jared Muir, Crown Bearer Douglas Bloomfield, Sceptre Bearer Daniel Glasswell, Pages: James Montgomery and Murray Hewitt, Queen’s Highlander Ewan Williamson.

The coronation will take place in its traditional location on Avenue Square on Gala Day Saturday, 21, June. In the event of wet weather the crowning will be moved indoors to the Area Centre, just off Avenue Square.  This year’s Crowning Lady will be Eilidh Menzies who was crowned Corsehill Queen in 2003. Joining her on stage will be Presenting Lady Sarah Meridith, (Corsehill Queen 2004) and, last year’s Corsehill Queen, Imogen Leonard, who will return this year as the retiring Queen.

The crowning ceremony and parade will be held earlier than usual to accommodate the Commonwealth Baton parade that will be passing through Stewarton later on Gala Day too.  Bonnet Guild proceedings will begin in Avenue Square with Irvine & Dreghorn Brass Band at 11.15am followed by the presentation of the colours.

The crowning ceremony will take place around midday followed by the floats parade at 12.45pm approximately. The Commonwealth Baton is expected to pass through the town around 1.45pm and will make its way to Gala Day for a short appearance.  The Bonnet Guild would also like to extend an invitation to all former Corsehill Queens to the crowning ceremony.  For further details please contact Robert Whiteford, Bonnet Guild member on 01560 484207.

John Elliott said: “This year marks the 81st Bonnet Guild festival and we are looking forward to the forthcoming festival week. 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 22 June.

The “A country of the Commonwealth” theme for the decorated shop window displays and float parade on Saturday 21 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 81st  year!

The eagerly anticipated festival returns with a week of the usual fun, games and activities planned, for all ages to enjoy.  The traditional torchlight procession, which was revived last year to mark the 80th anniversary of the Bonnet Guild, will return again, taking place on Saturday 14 June this year. The procession will commence at 10pm on the roadway outside The Centre, Standalane, Stewarton.

Wax torches will be on sale to over 18’s for £4.00 and high intensity glow sticks to under 18’s for £2.50. Procession will proceed along Lainshaw Street, into Main Street, then High Street and Dean Street before finishing at the waste ground at Dean Street.  Participants are asked to adhere to the following health and safety rules; good conduct is required. Only official torches are allowed in the procession.  All wax torches must be placed in the braziers at the finish on arrival. Please don’t wear good clothes as wax can drip from torches.

For the full programme of festival event details see Bonnet Guild Souvenir Programme – on door to door sale at the end of 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.