Plans in place for Rose Queen

THE CORONATION for this year’s Rose Queen, Erin McGlynn, will go ahead as planned on Sunday with organisers hoping for a break in the weather allowing the event to be held outdoors.

The ceremony, which has been held annually since 1936, should have taken place as part of Montrose Highland Games but alternative arrangements had to be made after the games committee cancelled this year’s event a month before they were due to take place.

There were concerns that the games’ coffers, already severely depleted after last year’s last-minute cancellation due to heavy rain, could have been drained entirely if the event had again been affected by the weather.

Rose Queen co-ordinator Helen Gove said there are hopes an outdoor coronation can be held in Dean’s Park on the Mid Links at 1pm but, in the event of bad weather, nearby St Mary’s and St Peter’s Church has been arranged as an alternative venue.

The only other events which could be salvaged from the games are the Highland dancing competitions which will be held in the town hall, also on Sunday from 10am, and have attracted entrants from as far afield as Australia and Canada.

Games chairwoman Robina Addison said: “There has been a lot of disappointment that the games have been called off but. At this point, if we had been going ahead with it, we would have had to think twice about it anyway.

“We hope the Montrose public will turn out and support us to help fill the coffers for next year.”