1979 Sandra Clelland Gala Queen


1979 Sandra Clelland

The Queen of Lanarkshire’s Cabaret circuit Helen McBennet, crowned the Queen of Blantyre Miner’s Welfare Gala day in July 1979, nine year old Sandra Clelland.

More than 500 people turned up to watch the crowning ceremony and joined in the procession that snaked through the streets of Blantyre afterwards that particular Saturday.

For the children of Blantyre, it must have been the height of a fantastic summer, for every child attending the Gala, was given a pound, possible due to earlier fundraising!

Some words from “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018

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

William Dickson finest clubland singer ever she went to america years ago dont kmow if she still living booked her many years ago she sold out every venue

Linda Smith Think there must be more years to get to other than 1979.

Paul Veverka This whole month explores 1979, 1967 and 1922

Arlene Campbell Went to school with Sandra clelland , remember this gala day well

Nicola McBride Aw Sandra you’ve not changed much

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