MORE than 40 events are being lined up for this year’s Dunbar Civic Week.

The annual week-long celebrations take place from June 17 to 25 and features a wide variety of attractions for both residents and visitors to the town.

Sue Anderson, who is behind the event, was thrilled to see the community getting behind Civic Week once again.

She said: “It’s great and I am really delighted with how many events the community are putting on.

“The last time I counted it was more than 40 and I am really chuffed about that.

“There are lots of new things and old faithfuls and I think it is great that the Dunbar Amazing Film Talent Awards (DAFTAs) is in its fourth year.”

Things get under way on June 17 with the annual community parade, which leaves the Bleachingfield Centre at noon.

Led by Dunbar Pipe Band, they will head for Lauderdale Park, with Mrs Anderson calling for those in attendance to make it the biggest, brightest and noisiest parade ever.

Prizes are awarded for the best youth group display and most eye-catching costume, before Connie Paxton will be crowned this year’s Civic Week Queen by the outgoing Queen Katie McLeman.

The royal court was announced last week, with Jack Tolputt as consort and Abigail Kerr, Milly Green, Lewis Whyte, Wiktoria Rak, Sorcha Calder, Katie Fisher, Archie Dickson and Sean Tucker making up the Gala Court.

A fun day will then take place in the park, with activities ranging from beat the goalie, target bowls and community stalls to an inflatable obstacle course and circus entertainers.

Mrs Anderson told the Courier that the opening day was always a real highlight of Civic Week. She added: “The fun day is going to be absolutely packed with good stuff.

“Hopefully we get a good turnout for the parade coming from the Bleachingfield Centre into Lauderdale and having the crowning there.

“I’m really delighted the army cadets are coming to help out as well.”

Among the new events is Disco Soup with The BarrowBand, which takes place in the town’s Methodist Church Hall from 4pm to 6pm.

Every year, 90,000 tonnes of produce gets sent to landfill from the UK due to it being squashy or misshapen.

The BarrowBand aim to juggle their way through a large selection of original songs, while soup is also being made.

The annual ‘DAFTAs’ also return, with the red carpet being rolled out on the Sunday afternoon.

The free event showcases the film-making techniques of the town’s residents, covering a wide variety of subjects.

Other events include rockpooling with East Lothian Council’s countryside rangers, as well as Dunbar Amateur Swimming Club’s pool party, football and a cycle from the Bleachingfield Centre to the Goblin Ha’ in Gifford.

A full list of events is expected to be put on the Dunbar Civic Week website in the coming weeks.