Lanark is one of the oldest Royal Burghs in Scotland, its Charter being granted in 1140 by King David I (1124-1153). One of the conditions attached was that the Burgesses of the town were required to examine their "March" or boundary stones every year and report back that all was well or ill according to what they had found. Lanark is probably unique among the Royal Burghs in that it has carried out this duty every year since it was first imposed. This duty of the Land Marches soon became an annual celebration - "The Lanimers".
What started as a simple duty soon turned into an annual festival including horse racing on Lanark Moor with music by the town drummer and minstrel. By the 17th Century members of the Burgh Council were competing for the honour of carrying the Burgh flag or standard. Until 1834 the Burgh Council and Deacons of Crafts took it in turns to appoint the Lord Cornet - the Standard Bearer. From 1834-1974 the Provost & Magistrates alone chose the Lord Cornet. Since 1974 a Committee has chosen the Lord Cornet, that group comprising of representatives of the Lanimer Committee, the Guildry, District and Community Councillors and the Lord Cornets' Club.
Processions, with decorated vehicles started in the 19th Century, and gradually developed into the colourful affair that Lanark has today. Much of this dates back to 1893 when the first Lanimer Queen, Grace Adams, was appointed. At present the Lanimer Queen is elected by her peers, in rotation from six schools, Lanark Grammar, Robert Owen Primary, Lanark Primary, St Mary's Primary, New Lanark Primary and Kirkfieldbank Primary.
Lanimer Day falls on the Thursday between the 6th and 12th June (General Elections permitting!) Don't ask why, its just "aye been". Lanimer Day is the highlight of the weeks celebrations, and for many, the culmination of months of inspiration, application and perspiration. Schools are closed, grown ups are off work and the pubs are open early. The Procession is huge, the children excited and tired, the adults tired and emotional! The Bands now play all day, and Castlebank Park is jam packed with people and attractions day and night. Lanarkians love Lanimers!
I've shown some pictures of Lanimer celebrations before (here and here and here) but this, the crowning of the Lanimer Queen, is central to the whole event, taking place around noon on "Lanimer Day". This year the lucky young girl was Paige McCulloch, here being crowned by the "Crowning Lady", Agnes Robb.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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sabermonajati (8895) 2014-07-09 7:38
interesting portrait you captured.
williewhistler (12409) 2014-07-09 8:42
I can`t believe you have been awarded just two points for such a charming picture.The main person in the shot is just gorgeous and I think the lady positioning the crown is someone rather special too.
You have captured the scene beautifully
mjw364 (6998) 2014-07-09 10:16
Interesting note - sounds like a good piss up to me with live music too! My kind of gig!
I like the way you have captured the moment here but the kids surrounding the Queen look totally disinterested in her coronation! That's kids for you but it makes it all the more authentic for that since there are no forced smiles.
I'm sure the local paper might be interested in a shot like this for the report of the annual event.
holmertz (37041) 2014-07-09 10:27
"Tired and emotional" - is that what happens when the pubs are open early? :-).
I probably shouldn't call this just another snapshot in the crowd, but I guess you had to struggle a bit with other photographers to find such a perfect position at this solemn event. The nice little Lanimer Queen is wonderfully surrounded by a number of remarkable hats (and heads), positioned along an oval as if purposely arranged for the benefit of the photographers. Again, as so many times before, I am deeply impressed by the quality of this photo, not least the perfect light and natural colours.
saxo042 (36906) 2014-07-09 12:12
The queen here is very nicely surrounded by other beautiful persons, all in fine colours and clothes. The picture is very well composed and the quality is perfect. This must be a very pleasant local festival!
carlo62 (27574) 2014-07-09 15:31
è un piacere leggere di Lanark e delle sue tradizioni, ho dei bei ricordi.
Bella foto, un bel gruppo in costume, con bei colori, dove la regina fa da prima donna come è giusto che sia.
jjcordier (73228) 2014-07-09 22:54
Tu as réussi à prendre un charmant tableau de cette célébration. La petite reine et ses camarades sont adorables ...et la "reine mère" n'est pas mal non plus!
timecapturer (45163) 2014-07-10 3:03
a beautiful shot this. A capture of one of the summer festivals and processions that permeate our lands during the warm days. Exquisite clarity and detail plus a real sense of the occasion too! Excellent!
Regards - B.
jhm (135120) 2014-07-10 4:59
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Happy that we yet one picture can see with these perfect old clothing.
What a lovely portrait with all these ladies and one boy.
But your picture is perfect taken with wonderful colours and sharpness.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Silvio1953 (115857) 2014-07-10 12:40
Ciao John, lovely scene, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
macjake (52076) 2014-07-12 4:20
with all the people around, I would imagine this is a DREAM location for photographers like Gert :)
I've learned through TE that including people in my architecture or landscape photos IS beneficial - no doubt. However, I STILL really don't enjoy taking photos where its only people in large crowds - such as parades, and festivals etc...
Guess its just not my thing, or perhaps I'm just not good at it.
You seem to thrive on it as Gert does, so i applaud you on that one :)
I'm sure the girl in the middle is enjoying the day the most, its not everyday you get to dress up like that - unless of course she's extremely privilidged in real life!
Its nice to see the girl in blue along the bottom right, she's looking at the girl being crowned - perhaps envisioning herself in that same position one day :)
fun shot, and well taken among the crowd!
enjoy your weekend
emka (73183) 2014-07-12 22:50
Hi again, What a fantastic occasion for nice photos these Lanimer Days. I saw your previous photos, they are delightful. This is nice also, the new queen is so charming. Superb composition, lovely scene, nice colours. I would like to see such festival too. Perfect TE entru with very interesting note.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (18588)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-12
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-09 6:08