NINE days of Dunbar Civic Week celebrations get under way tomorrow (Saturday).

The town’s annual summer celebrations date back to 1970 and were established to mark the 600th anniversary of the granting by King David II of the Royal Charter creating the Burgh of Dunbar.

Activities at this year’s event, which runs until June 16, range from the traditional opening parade and tree-planting ceremony to a dance competition and silent disco.

Ahead of this year’s event, Civic Week’s Royal Court has been announced. They are: Josie Craig (queen), Arley Cowell-Smith (queen consort), Emily Alexander and Aizah Ahmed (attendants), Zuzanna Kabat and Maeve Wanless (flower girls), and Niko Nowak and Tom Calder (page boys).

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Sanchita Patjoshi, chairperson of the annual celebration, told the Courier: “Civic Week is a celebration of our wonderful, growing community and an entertaining programme of events is put on by Civic Week committee, local community groups and businesses.

“These events reflect and celebrate the richness of our community life – its history, culture and people – and provide opportunities for people to come together and have some fun.

“The Civic Week committee is very appreciative of the support they have given for this year’s Civic Week.”

Opening this year’s celebrations is a parade from the town’s swimming pool at 11.30am, followed by a crowning ceremony and fun-filled day of celebration at the Bleachingfield Centre.

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The newly crowned civic queen will open the fun day.

This year’s fun day includes performances by Dunbar School of Dance, Áine Hay Academy of Irish Dance, Dance Discovery and Dunbar Grammar School bands.

Sanchita added: “We will have NERF [gun] wars hosted by JOJO Parties Nerf Wars, face-painting by Scribble & Smile Face painting, a photo booth By Kapture Photo Booth and bouncy castle supplied by Beez Kneez Castles.

“There’ll be lovely things to buy at the stalls, information shared by our community groups, and you’ll find plenty of delights at the various food and drink stalls.

“Community groups are putting together a host of events throughout the week to celebrate our community.”

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The programme of events has been delivered to homes in the town.

A quiz night also takes place at Dunbar Bowling Club on the opening night.

Sunday brings a dance competition at the town’s secondary school, as well as the chance to enjoy a family beach adventure at Belhaven Beach, and a silent disco at Lauderdale Park. The annual community council awards take place on Monday evening, while Tuesday brings Friends of Winterfield’s annual general meeting.

On Wednesday, there is a chance to join Dunbar Cycle Club or enjoy a game of pétanque.

Alternatively, Belhaven Church Hall is hosting a beetle drive and Dunbar Parish Church Hall is holding a coffee evening promising games and cakes.

For information on the full programme, go to