Queen Abigail to reign at Wick HarbourFest

30th March 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

After interviewing nine local girls for the honour of becoming the Wick Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest queen, organisers have announced 15-year-old Abigail Jolly, Wick, has been chosen for the role.

Her two ladies-in-waiting will be fellow Wick High pupils Jenny Brass and Katie Mackinnon both 15 from Watten.

Councillor Gail Ross, chairwoman of the Wick HarbourFest committee, said: “We were delighted with the quality of all the applicants and we were disappointed that we could not offer them all a role in the royal pageant.

“The royal court will have an important role to play in the diamond jubilee celebrations and I am sure that for the members of both the senior and junior courts it will be an experience that they remember for the rest of their lives.”

Each of the four Wick primary schools has nominated a pupil to form the junior court.

The girls will be Shaden Abdel-Aziz, Hillhead, and Kari Durrand, North, and the boys will be Aiden Bain, Pulteneytown Academy, and Rory Wilson, of South.

The crowning ceremony will take place in Market Square on the morning of Saturday, June 16, when the Wick Pipe Band will lead a procession from the Parish Church to the square.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Caithness, Anne Dunnett, will crown Abigail and the party will then form a procession to the harbour for the festival’s opening ceremony.

The royal court will attend a variety of celebratory events throughout the weekend, culminating with the queen and her court boarding the lead boat of a 150-vessel flotilla as it departs from Wick and sails into Wick Bay.

Many of the visiting boats will be sailing across the Moray Firth later in the week to join in the annual traditional boat festival at Portsoy.

The HarbourFest organisers will publish a full programme of celebrations nearer the event.

John O'Groat Journal