Govan Fair Parade

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THERE were pipers, clowns, pirates, dancers, footballers and a famous TV star . . . plus thousands of smiling faces as the colourful Govan Fair Parade once again made its way round the streets of the ancient burgh.
Govan Fair Parade 2012
But pride of place went to the new Fair Queen, Dani Kilbride. Sitting alongside River City actor Johnny Beattie in a horse-drawn carriage, the 11-year-old schoolgirl beamed with delight as she waved to the cheering crowds who lined the route.
The procession set off from Fairley Street in Ibrox. It was led by Councillor Stephen Dornan, bearing the Sheep’s Heid, then two police horses and a pipe band. Behind them came Queen Dani and King Johnny.
They were followed by a series of colourful floats carrying revellers in fancy dress, including members of the GalGael Trust, who were dressed nattily as a Ska band, including hats and dummy guitars.
Jimmy Stringfellow from the Fairground Community cut a swashbuckling figure as a pirate. And while Park Villa’s young players threw out sweets from atop their own lorry, the victorious Pirie Park Primary team walked along proudly waving the Govan Fair Schools Tournament trophy they had won earlier in the week.
As the procession made its way past Govan Cross it came to a temporary halt outside the Pearce Institute. Here the big crowds were treated to a spectacle. Dancers of all ages from the Sharon Breen School put on an eyecatching display while St Francis Pipe Band played a series of stirring tunes.
Meanwhile local children were being entertained by a clown and balloon artists and having their faces painted by professionals whose fees were met by a donation from the Quay Community Fund.
After a short break the joyous parade then resumed and carried on past the Fairfield Shipyard Offices, which are now being refurbished. The procession made its way round Elder Park and it all ended at Elder Park Library. Here the spectators and VIPs saluted those who had completed the leisurely 2.5 mile route.
The Fair Parade was enjoyed by the thousands who watched it and the hundreds who took part.

*MORE photographs of the big night can be seen at: Eddie Aitken Photography

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