Photographer's Note


Today, in the town of Lanark where we live, is "Lanimer Day", a day of festivity, celebration and processions through the streets of the town. But, like so many events, Covid-19 has sadly caused "Lanimers" to be cancelled completely this year.

So here are some photographs from "Lanimer Days" of previous years, my main photograph being one of the Crowning of the "Lanimer Queen" outside St. Nicholas' Church while in the workshop you can see a wider view of the Queen and her Court just before she is crowned, as well as a view of part of the procession down the High Street.

ISO 400, 1/2000 sec at f/5.6, focal length 300mm.

Larger version here:

Location co-ordinates here: 55.673598, -3.780008

And for those interested in this tradition:

Lanark is one of the oldest Royal Burghs in Scotland, its Charter being granted in 1140 by King David I (1124-1153). One of the conditions attached was that the Burgesses of the town were required to examine their "March" or boundary stones every year and report back that all was well or ill according to what they had found. Lanark is probably unique among the Royal Burghs in that it has carried out this duty every year since it was first imposed. This duty of the Land Marches soon became an annual celebration - "The Lanimers".

What started as a simple duty soon turned into an annual festival including horse racing on Lanark Moor with music by the town drummer and minstrel. By the 17th Century members of the Burgh Council were competing for the honour of carrying the Burgh flag or standard. Until 1834 the Burgh Council and Deacons of Crafts took it in turns to appoint the Lord Cornet - the Standard Bearer. From 1834-1974 the Provost & Magistrates alone chose the Lord Cornet. Since 1974 a Committee has chosen the Lord Cornet, that group comprising of representatives of the Lanimer Committee, the Guildry, District and Community Councillors and the Lord Cornets' Club.

Processions, with decorated vehicles started in the 19th Century, and gradually developed into the colourful affair that Lanark has today. Much of this dates back to 1893 when the first Lanimer Queen, Grace Adams, was appointed. At present the Lanimer Queen is elected by her peers, in rotation from six schools, Lanark Grammar, Robert Owen Primary, Lanark Primary, St Mary's Primary, New Lanark Primary and Kirkfieldbank Primary.

Lanimer Day falls on the Thursday between the 6th and 12th June (General Elections permitting!) Don't ask why, its just "aye been". Lanimer Day is the highlight of the weeks celebrations, and for many, the culmination of months of inspiration, application and perspiration. Schools are closed, grown ups are off work and the pubs are open early. The Procession is huge, the children excited and tired, the adults tired and emotional! The Bands now play all day, and Castlebank Park is jam packed with people and attractions day and night.

Lanarkians love Lanimers!

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