News and Views from Dave Wilson

Crown Tavern and St. Kentigern’s Church

by on Jun.05, 2009, under Family

The packing is finally done and we are ready to head off to sunny Lanark tomorrow. 4 flights and, given how much luggage we have, I suspect at least 1 train journey and I should be within range of a decent pint at the Crown Tavern followed by a week of festivities at the annual Lanimer celebrations.

Lanimers stretches back hundreds of years and was originally an annual event to check that unscrupulous landowners bordering the town boundary had not moved any of the marker stones and stolen land from the town. While there are still two major events that involve checking the boundary stones (“The Walking of the Marches” on Monday evening when the townsfolk walk around half the boundary and check those stones, and “The Riding of the Marches” on Wednesday when a large number of riders cover the other half of the boundary), the main event is now the parade on Thursday morning followed by the crowning of the Lanimer Queen at the town cross.

The town will be absolutely mobbed on Thursday (don’t even think about trying to drive through it any time between about 7:30am and 1:00pm) but we have been kindly given passes to an area near the cross that should afford a great view of the procession and crowning ceremony. I’ll be using a lens that’s probably unfashionably large that day, I expect 🙂

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