The reason I'm off today is that the shop is closed (for one day only!) for the Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival 2008. For those of you who've never experienced it (as I never had till today) I'm hoping my poor attempts at photography will give you a bit of an idea of the brilliant atmosphere that surrounds the Fair all over town. For those of you who've been in the town for years, well you know what I'm on about!
First, last night we literally went all round the houses on a quest to find some of the amazing arches the kids in the Fair have had built. Below are the very impressive arches of Callum, the Queen's Champion (a full scale steam train!)...
...and below, Queen Eilidh's arch - a giant cake with the names of the past 100 Queens and complete with confetti cannons!
Bo'nessians certainly don't do things by half! As well as these two, there were some amazing Sweet Home Alabama antibellum plantation style arches, some fantastic High School Musical and Robbie and Kylie style ones and some lovely page, fairy, flower girl, character, and presentee arches and much, much, much more! The imagination, time and attention to detail put into these arches is unbelievable.
So today is Fair Day, and this morning was the crowning ceremony of Queen Eilidh, this afternoon is the Royal Command Performance, and over lunch was the parade through the town (which I managed to get away from the computer for) and again, I loved it! I took some more piccies (below) of everyone coming from this morning's ceremony into town to watch the parade, as well as some of the bands, floats and the Queen and her retinue...
So yet again, the town of Bo'ness pulls together and puts on an amazing event and I'm looking forward to next year's already!
Back to bookselling news next week - this week it's all about the Fair!