Queensferry’s annual Fair has been held in its present form since 1930, when it was revived after some years of absence as a regular event. But its roots date back even further for permission to hold the event was originally granted by King Charles 1 back in the year 1687.
The Fair is a week-long event and is organised primarily as a festival of sports and entertainments for the children of the burgh, culminating in the crowning of a Ferry Fair Queen who is chosen from the children of the local primary schools. There are three, Queensferry, St Margaret’s and Echline: these schools take it in turn to provide the Queen and her court, this year the honour goes to Queensferry Primary School.
For a number of years now, visitors to Queensferry during Ferry Fair week cannot fail to notice that something is going on: the whole of the center of the town is brightly decorated with flags, bunting and banners. In addition many shops and businesses, also private houses, put a lot of effort into decorating their premises.
Many activities are organised by the committee during the course of the week: football, boys and girls races, bouncy castles, obstacle courses, quad bikes, face painting, fancy dress competition, and a variety of live entertainments is provided for the enjoyment of everyone.
Prior to the crowning ceremony on the final Saturday, there is the grand tour of the burgh led by the Queen elect and her retinue followed by various bands, decorated floats and other entertainers. The ceremony takes place on a stage in the middle of the High Street where the Queen is formally crowned by our Gracious Lady who is traditionally a Queensferry born and bred lady well known and respected in the community. After the ceremony, entertainments continue throughout the afternoon and the week finally comes to end with the flag being lowered to the sound of the massed bands playing “Highland Cathedral”
The Ferry Fair Committee is pleased to acknowledge the tremendous support which the people of Queensferry traditionally give to the Fair. We are also grateful to the City of Edinburgh Council and to the local police for their support and advice.
What makes the Ferry Fair Happen?
Well of course its the Children that make the Fair happen, followed by the people of Queensferry along with the wonderful donations by local business, but have you ever wondered about the behind the scenes?
The committee works very hard all year long organizing fund raising, events, decoration and the children.
Although they all work very hard the male members of the committee will tell you that without the female members the fair would grind to a halt! The woman work very hard indeed organizing costumes, eating arrangements, processions and many many more duties on top, which carry on beyond Ferry Fair day through to the next years Fair.