1978 Crowning the Gala Queen

In June 1978, a Gala Queen was chosen from pupils at Auchinraith Primary School. The lucky winner was 12 year old Nancy Gilchrist, of 1 Mossbank, Blantyre. I know the gala photos weren’t great that day, so here’s a brilliant picture of Nancy at the time!

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Nancy was crowned on Saturday 1st July 1978, (not 1975 as another site keeps repeating) with other maids of honour chosen from the other schools. The maids of honour were Heather Kalinsky, 110 Glenfruin Road of High Blantyre Primary, Lynn Riva of 63 Dalcraig Crescent who attended David Livingstone Primary School, Karen Bell of 8 Craigton Place who was a St Josephs School pupil and Carol Ann Ferns of 23 Greenhall Place from St Blanes Primary School.

On the Tuesday before the event, Nancy met up with 2 of her maids of forebeaerers to discuss arrangements for the crowning. The girls pictured are Nancy, Heather and Carol Ann, all 12 years old at the time.

The ceremony took place in Stonefield Public Park. Mrs Annie Dickson, a senior citizen of ย 44 Coatshill Avenue took the role of being the lady to crown Nancy. The crowning was the end of a marvellous civic week of celebrations. Here’s another fantastic picture of Nancy on the day.

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1st July Annie Dickson crowns gala Queen, Nancy Gilchrist

Gerry Kelly who is now married to Nancy told me, “Nancy also took time to be photographed at a grandparents grave that day.”

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017


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1978 Nancy Gilchrist at her grandparents grave

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Elaine Speirs Great picture of Carol Ann Ferns who was my friend at John Ogilvie. Such a lovely girl.
Frances Reid my lovely niece Carol Ann Ferns hasn’t changed a bit
David Gallacher Went through primary and secondary with Nancy
Gerry Kelly Nancy today with our daughter Shannen

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Blantyre Project Beautiful photo Gerry. Hope you enjoy your forthcoming trip!! If you want the unwatermarked copy of the photo, just say. Cheers.
Gerry Kelly Can’t wait ! And great pics
Blantyre Project Gerry I suspect Celtic, pubs, friends and family are on the agenda, perhaps not in that order! At least you’ll get a good exchange rate.
Sharon Reid Andrew Sneddon, was that the year Dad made the float with the swan wings on the back of his flat bed for the queen from Auchinraith Primary to sit on?
Blantyre Project Sharon Reid i think i may have a photo of that somewhere. Will dig it out. There’s a post scheduled about Blatyre gala floats coming early in new year 2018.
Sharon Reid The Blantyre Project that would be great for us to see.

Marianne Stark Aitken Karen bell a great friend and Carolanne my next door neighbour and forever friend ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ
Lynn Riva I lost touch with recently beautiful lady โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ
Rosalind Elliott I recognised Karen in one of the pictures.. x
Kerry Jane Hyslop โค๏ธ this and Carole Ann is still as beautiful as ever xx
Elizabeth Grieve Nancy was in my class at primary school
Ishbel Hilston Nancy is a relation of mine not seen her for years xx
Linda Gourlay I remember that day very well… it was a great day at the park.. most of the village gathering there to watch and there were always stalls and amusements etc plus the boating pond and pitch n put happy days!!!
Elaine Holton My cousin nancy
Mary Gold Your and your daughter are beautiful Nancy
Elaine Holton My cousin Mary xx
Christine Pool โค๏ธ Sister! The day was filmed too! Started with Nancy wakening up right through the day! Wonder if the film still exists?
Christine Pool Gerry remember ur dad done his car up with ribbons & drove her?
Christine Pool ๐Ÿ‘ธ Princess! Pmsl
Gerry Kelly Yup the white Marina . We painted over the rust the day before
Christine Pool Nope Princess! Remember it well! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Elaine Hunter That’s lovely. Heather Kalinsky was my next door neighbour.

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