A gigging start to civic week events

Civic queen Rachel Stirling and lady in waiting Katie Smith were crowned watched by civic king Mantvydhs Jasinas and squire Kai Hilliard

Civic queen Rachel Stirling and lady in waiting Katie Smith were crowned watched by civic king Mantvydhs Jasinas and squire Kai Hilliard

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The rain may have come down but it did not dampen the spirits of Girvan as the town started its civic week celebrations.

The crowning of the king and queen of Carrick took place before the Gig on the Green on Sunday - which was organised by the youngsters from Z1 youth group who braved miserable weather on Saturday to set up the stalls and stage for the big day on Sunday.

Civic Queen, Rachel Stirling and Lady in Waiting, Katie Smith were crowned, watched on by Civic King, Mantvydhs Jasinas, and Squire, Kai Hilliard.

After the crowning an open top car took the king and queen on a route around the town and there was a parade of vintage cars. Local band Tortuga kicked off proceedings on Sunday which also saw performances from Mary Jane Lewis, Itchycoo Park and Them Beatles who headlined the day.

There were also children’s entertainers, face painting, circus skills and lots more.

This year marked the last gig on the green and the focus will now be moving towards ‘deckchairs, music and dance’ on the prom in Girvan every Sunday from June 30 to August 18. Longer term plans are also there to renovate and re-establish the bandstand.

Civic week continues with the senior citizens party on Wednesday at 2pm in the Sacred Heart Church Hall and the car treasure hunt on Thursday at 6pm in the harbour car park. Dominoes takes place on Sunday, June 30 at The Vaults in Girvan.