Dumfries and Galloway Celebrates Gala Royalty

Monday, 19 June 2023 13:36

Dumfries and Galloway Council is to host a unique event on 23 September 2023 to celebrate the young people who are crowned in the many community galas and Riding of the Marches that take place across our region.

All our community ‘royalty’ are to be invited to come together for a special afternoon tea and a display of photographs of their crownings to mark their contribution to this national coronation year. There will also be a group photograph on the day.

Councillor Malcolm Johnstone, Convener of Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “Dumfries and Galloway has wonderful local galas and Riding of the Marches events during the summer months that include the crowning of a Queen or Prince. Our Council already supports many of these events with grants, and we are delighted to take forward this proposal to bring all the ‘royalty’ together as it is another way we can help promote great community spirit and pride.”

Councillor Gail MacGregor, Depute Convener added: “This is a special year for our local ‘royalty’, as it co-coincides with the amazing national events celebrating the Coronation of their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla last month. We see this as an opportunity to make it an even more special year for these local young people in 2023.”

Stuart Thompson MBE who proposed the idea said: “I’m delighted that Dumfries and Galloway Council has taken up my idea for this event because it will not only showcase the many great galas and Ridings that take place in the villages and towns of our region, but coming together and getting a group photograph with local dignitaries will give these young local people even more happy memories that will last their lifetimes.”