Lockerbie’s community spirit reigned again on Saturday when the town’s Riding of the Marches and Gala Day switched to celebrations in homes and gardens for the second year in succession.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the organising committee had to again cancel all fundraising and events this year.

However, keeping the gala tradition alive, chairman, Ian McLatchie walked down the High Street to the war memorial to make the annual proclamation on Saturday morning.

And the restrictions didn’t stop bunting going up, music filling the air and fancy dress from being worn as some residents involved their streets and families in marking the occasion.

Gala Queen Lauren Jardine judges the pizzas.
Gala Queen Lauren Jardine judges the pizzas.

That included a pizza making competition in Livingstone Place judged by Gala Queen 2020 Lauren Jardine – who missed out on her crowning ceremony last year because of the pandemic.

The gala committee also arranged for every child in the town to collect a free ice cream from either Cafe 91 or Just Be.

And there was good news for Lauren as the committee made a statement on Saturday.

It said: “2020 has been a tough year for everyone and with that in mind we, the committee, feel it’s only fair that Lauren Jardine, as voted for by the townspeople before Covid started in 2020, be crowned this year.

“Lauren will be crowned the 2021 Lockerbie Gala Queen later in the year with dates and information to follow in the coming weeks.

“The 2019 Queen Kayla McGeorge will be the Queen for the 2020 year also.”

The statement also said: “We look forward to the celebrations in the coming year and of course 2022 when everything will hopefully be back to normal.”