Photographer's Note


This week, in the town of Lanark where we live, is "Lanimer Week", a week of festivity, celebration and processions through the streets of the town. But, like so many events, Covid-19 has sadly caused "Lanimers" to be cancelled completely this year.

So here are just three little photographs from the "Lanimer Day" procession down Lanark's High Street in June, 2011. There were different bands, bagpipes and groups of children as well as many lorries or wagons dressed up as "floats". But here we see part of the parade led by a couple of elderly gentlemen in a early petrol driven "dog cart" probably dating from around 1900; then a rather smart brass band and, finally, a group of young schoolchildren dressed, I think, as rather colourful spinning tops. Just a little selection of shots I took that year.

Location co-ordinates here: 55.673631, -3.778005

Larger "clickable"version of this photograph here:

And for those interested in this tradition:

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.

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