Niamh Shanks is 2012 Lanimer Queen

Niamh Shanks (12) from Lanark, 2012 Lanimer Queen'Lanark Grammar School'16/1/12
Niamh Shanks (12) from Lanark, 2012 Lanimer Queen'Lanark Grammar School'16/1/12

This year’s Lanimer Queen will be 12-year-old Niamh Shanks, a pupil at Lanark Grammar.

“I’m quite nervous, but excited at the same time,” said Niamh, who will be crowned at Lanark Cross on Thursday, June 7.

She is the younger child of Derek and Patricia Shanks. Her older brother Andrew (15) has previously been the sceptre bearer.

Niamh has a strong Lanimer background as her grandfather, T Henry Shanks, was Lord Cornet in 1968 and Lanimer secretary for many years.

A picture of Niamh and her courtiers from Lanark Grammar School is in this week’s Gazette, as is the list of all children taking part in the 2012 court. The Gazette is in the shops now.