FOR the rest of the country, it might still be too dreich to declare sping but in Lanark it begins at exactly 6pm on March 1 every year, no matter the weather!
The annual Whuppity Scorrie ritual went ahead as it has for decades, with children running around the Cross three times, beating the winter out of the burgh with decorated paper balls on string.
Attendance at this year’s ceremony was well up on last year’s good turnout.
The organisers, Lanark Community Council, rounded off the evening in traditional fashion with a ‘scramble’ of coins for the kiddies taking part.
There were extra rewards in the form of prizes for the children in the Whuppity Scoorie poster design and ball decoration competitions, the poster winners being: P1-3 - Izaac Straub from Robert Owen Primary, P4-5 - Anna Trainor from Lanark Primary, P6-7 – and overall winner – Megan Graham, Robert Owen Primary.
In the ball competition the winners were two-year old Erin O’Donnel and ten-year-old New Lanark PS pupil Callum Duncan.
Ball competition organiser Margo Steel warmly thanked Community Council member Linda Chapman and Greta Steven for all their help.
The pre-Whuppity ball-making ‘workshops’ saw 186 balls made; 300 posters were entered for the competition.
The pictures featured in our slideshow were taken by Gazette photographer Lindsay Addison and can be purchased from this website or from our office in Lanark on 01555 678982.