The Weather and Collecting your Child IF THE WEATHER IS FINE:
Pupils from Grange, Blackness. Deanburn and St Mary’s can be collected at the fenced area of Douglas Park, towards St Catharine’s gate.
Each school has a separate area with a clearly marked exit.
Parents must wait at this exit and should not enter the fenced area. Parents should only access Douglas Park via the gates either at Dean Road or Linlithgow Road. Please do NOT try and gain access via Cadzow Avenue – this is for children, school staff, and stewards only.
Pupils from Kinneil and the Public can be collected from their respective schools.
Presentees can be collected in Douglas Park after they have danced at the Royal Command Performance. This is typically between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm.
The Retinue can be collected at the end of the Royal Command Performance at 4.15 pm.
IF THE WEATHER BREAKS DOWN DURING THE CORONATION OF QUEEN ELECT
The Fair Committee will provide ponchos.
The pupils of St Mary’s School will go to Bo’ness Town Hall to see the Crowning of their Queen and can be collected from there at 12 noon.
The pupils of the Grange, Blackness, Public, and Kinneil Schools will return to their schools where they can be collected.
The pupils of Deanburn School will go to the Public School and can be collected from Braehead Avenue (main entrance).
Blackness pupils will be returned to Grange School.
Fairies and Flower girls will return to the Public School whilst the Coronation is taking place.
They will then join the Retinue and Presentees for the Procession.
After the Procession, they will be dismissed from Kinneil School.
The Retinue and Presentees will go to Bo’ness Town Hall for the Coronation and will take part in the procession using the trailers provided by the Fair Committee.
The Retinue will have lunch in St Mary’s Church Hall and can be collected at the end of the Royal Command Performance at approximately 4.15 pm
If the weather is poor the Royal Command Performance will take place in the Town Hall. The Presentees will have their lunch as usual in Kinneil School.
If the weather is still bad, they will be bussed to the Town Hall, to dance in the Royal Command Performance.
Presentees can be collected at the Town Hall as appropriate once they have performed. If the Crowning is in the Town Hall, only the Retinue, Presentees, and the pupils of St Mary’s school are admitted.
The only adults allowed are the Fair Guests and the Retinue parents who will be issued with special tickets.
If the weather has been bad in the morning, it is unlikely that the Royal Command Performance will take place in Douglas Park and will take place in the Town Hall. Entry is free to the public but is limited to the numbers allowed by hall regulations.
School Headteachers will be kept informed and consulted, but the final say on pupil arrangements in light of changing weather conditions will be the responsibility of the Fair Chairman.
No matter what the weather brings, events will be broadcast live on the big screen situated at the south side of the Town Hall.
IF THERE IS A DEFINITE CHANCE OF THE WEATHER IMPROVING:
The crowning will be delayed until 11.30 am. The Procession will still take place as near 12 noon as possible with the presentees being presented to the Queen but not performing.
PARENTS SHOULD NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, REMOVE THEIR CHILDREN FROM EITHER THE PROCESSION OR THE STAGE, IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER. CHILDREN MUST BE DISMISSED BY SCHOOL STAFF.