Don’t be scared – take part in Lanimer procession

A handbook...to help newcomers into the Lanimer procession (Pic Lindsay Addison)
A handbook...to help newcomers into the Lanimer procession (Pic Lindsay Addison)

IT was probably around the time of the second or third Lanimers back in the 1890s that organisers started worrying about the number of Procession entries.

Now, just 120 years or so later, they think they might just have cracked the problem!

Back in the good old days, when the many factories and other businesses in the town eagerly competed with each other to put the most impressive float – ‘lorry’ to the traditionalists – or ‘tableau’ into the big parade in June, it was less of a problem.

In recent times, however, with these factories now mostly gone, the backbone of the Lanimers has become a few dedicated specialist groups such as the Kilninie or Kranal Clubs plus schools.

Broadening out the Lanimer entries has been the long-held ambition of the Lanimer procession sub-committee.

Now its joint convenors, Loraine Swan and Ian Lambie, have come up with a document which ISN’T an idiots guide to entering the Lanimers but makes what some fear will be a daunting task a lot simpler.

The Information and Guidelines for Lanimer Entrants was launched at Lanark Cross by Loraine, some of the procession regulars and some of the newcomers.

Said Loraine: “It shows everyone considering entering that it’s nothing to be frightened of.”

For more details, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.