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Gala Queen - c1970
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Gala Queen - c1970

Photo taken by my father early 1970s. Can't remember the names, but I remember my mother got the sash ribbon and I hand-painted the wording on it...
Picture added on 29 December 2012 at 16:04
Top left looks like Mary McEwan, bottom left like Shirley Johnstone. However, Mary and Shirley are only about a year different in age, so I must be wrong about one of them I think.
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 29 December 2012
I think back left is elspeth Tomlinson
Added by Nora on 30 December 2012
Looks like Mary it must have been about 1974 Shirley would have been 12 so it is probably her
Added by Nora on 30 December 2012
Queen looks like Margaret Swanson.
Added by Billy Winton on 01 January 2013
The queen is Jane Macaulay I think
Added by Nora on 01 January 2013
I think the queen is Margaret Swanson also, Janie would have been 21 in 1974.
Added by Sue Florence on 02 January 2013
I think the kids are visitors who came from Glasgow every year to stay in Ben's present house in Bank St.
Added by Loren on 07 January 2013
Methinks you are right Loren !
Added by Anon on 08 January 2013
You are right Loren,I remember the little girl well.They came up here for years,they were from an orphanage in Glasgow. I think the same two ladies came with them every year. I wish I could remember, someone out there will?
Added by Caroline Fair on 13 January 2013
The two ladies that brought the children on holiday to Cromarty each year were called Miss Chandler and Miss Stevenson, I always hear from Miss Chandler at Christmas she lets me know how the children that I played with are getting on. She lives in Johnstone Renfrew-shire.
Added by Margaret Cassie ( Clelland ) on 14 January 2013
Hi Margaret, thanks for the reminder, lovely to think you are still in touch, would I be right in thinking the little girls name is Christine.
Added by Caroline Fair on 18 January 2013
I think this gala queen could be Hazel Maclean , if you check Avoch Heritage photos in 1970 Margaret Swanson's little attendants are different to the little ones in this photo also the little boy in Margaret's photo is wearing a kilt, I'm with Garve on the little girl I also think its Shirley Johnstone.
Added by Margaret Cassie ( Clelland ) on 21 January 2013
Hazel Macleans attendants were Kim Thomas and Kelly Lewis this is not Hazel,looks like Margaret Swanson to me.
Added by Caroline Fair on 21 January 2013
Hi Caroline, if you go to picture #1524 you will see Margaret Swanson as Gala Queen, her attendants were Shona Mackay and Elaine Howse, the little ones were her young sister Shona and her cousin Claude Shepherd.
Added by Margaret Cassie ( Clelland ) on 21 January 2013
The little girl is not me.

Added by Shirley Shepherd (Johnstone) on 24 January 2013
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