PRESTONPANS’ Gala Queen made the celebration’s committee “very proud” when she took to the stage for her crowning ceremony on Saturday – marking the first gala event since Covid-19 took hold of the country.

Prestonpans Gala Day made a highly anticipated return to the town for the first time in three years, welcoming hundreds of people to the parade and park events.

The 2022 queen, Manja Porteus, escorted by class-mate Louie Menzies, was crowned by Honourable Gentleman James Yule before a day of entertainment and fun.

Graeme Hutchison, gala convenor, said: “Having been unable to have a gala for three years, the volume of people out on the parade route and on the park spoke volumes.

“To Queen Manja, you did us proud.

“To [gala court members] Kaiyla, Louie and Liam, you all did very well carrying out your duties.

“The royal court children, you all looked amazing, thanks to your parents for the help and support.

“James the Honourable Gentleman, I know you were honoured and you did us and yourself proud, thank you.”

Graeme and the rest of the committee also extended their thanks to stallholders, funfair organisers, the ice cream vans, ride operators, food trucks and more for “fantastic food” and service throughout the day.

He added: “Thanks to Andy for the tombola stall and the guides for dealing with the tea/coffee tent.

“Thank you to Radio Saltire and The Tartan Tones for entertaining on the stage.

“The community centre staff, once again you excelled in all your help.”

Also thanked were the people of Prestonpans for coming along to watch the crowning ceremony, participating in the parade and enjoying the day.