Wick HarbourFest Diamond Jubilee 2012
Friday 15th, Saturday 16th Sunday 17th - June 2012
|27 January 2012
Committee announces 2012 HarbourFest Pageant
Committee has announced
plans for another community-led HarbourFest celebration in Wick
year. The event will mirror HM The Queen\u2019s Diamond Jubilee
Flotilla being staged in London on Sunday 3 June 2012, when HM The
Queen will lead over 1000 ships of all types in the largest flotilla
ever seen on the Thames.
See Earlier Harbourfest Photos HERE
Wick Harbourfest - Diamond Jubliee Flotilla 2012
Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest will
be a far north community celebration of the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla
and will be held at Wick Harbour on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and
Sunday 17th June 2012. The Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest Queen and
Court will be chosen from local school children and the harbour will be
filled with local and visiting vessels specially decorated for the
Diamond Jubilee Harbourfest.
At the recent Annual General
Meeting of the
HarbourFest Committee, Councillor Gail Ross was elected as Chair of the
organising Committee, with retiring Chairman Gordon Doull elected as
Upon taking the Chair, Cllr
are grateful to Gordon for steering the Committee over the past three
years and for chairing the wonderful 2009 HarbourFest. The
Jubilee HarbourFest will have a totally new format with some very
innovative attractions which are still being finalised by the
Committee. The Harbourfest pageant will be a fitting celebration
Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne and will be a wonderful spectacle
of regal and maritime theatre.
This is a fantastic event for
and I know a lot of people were disappointed that it has not become a
regular feature on the calendar but this was never meant to be the
case. Harbourfest will only happen when there is an occasion that we
deem appropriate to celebrate.
Might I also take this
opportunity to thank
David and Liz Richard-Jones on their hard work over the years and I
look forward to working with them and all the other members of the
committee and the wider community to follow the successes of the past.
We are always on the lookout
to help with the preparations and on the day, whether you are part of a
group or an individual - this is a fantastic chance to be part of such
an exciting event! I am under no illusions about the amount of work
involved but I am delighted to be elected as chair and relish the
challenge to bring such a massive event to fruition."
27 January 2012
begins for Wick Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest Queen
The search has begun for the
Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest Queen and Ladies-in-Waiting. Wick
Harbourfest Committee hope to attract aspiring HarbourFest Queen
applicants from the senior girls attending Wick High School. In
addition to the Wick Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest Queen, the Committee
is also seeking two Ladies-in-Waiting to escort the Queen on her regal
duties during the Diamond Jubilee Harbourfest Weekend on 16th &
17th June 2012.
Councillor Gail Ross, Chair of
the HarbourFest Committee said:"This
is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for three young ladies to become
the centre of attraction during the HarbourFest. Caithness has a
and loyal connection with the Royal family, and the Queen\u2019s
Diamond Jubilee is an opportunity for the whole of Caithness to
celebrate. The Wick Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest and Royal
will be a marvellous spectacle and for the young ladies we seek to
appoint to the Royal court, it will be an event they will remember for
the rest of their lives."
Posters have been placed in
School outlining the appointments and contact details, should the
applicants wish more information about the roles of the Diamond Jubilee
HarbourFest Queen and her Ladies-in-Waiting.
Lynsey Bremner, the Herring
Queen for the previous HarbourFest in 2009 said:"Being
chosen as the 2009 HarbourFest Herring Queen was the highlight of my
High School Days. Initially, it seemed a very daunting task, but
the support that I received from the organisers, I was able to carry
out the role with confidence and enjoyment. To this year's
Queen I can genuinely say it will be the best thing they will ever do
while at Wick High School - go for it!"
Applications for the role of
Jubilee HarbourFest Queen and her two Ladies-in-Waiting close on Friday
9th March with informal interviews being held on Saturday 17th
In addition to the Diamond
Harbourfest Queen and the Ladies-in-Waiting, four primary pupils will
be nominated by the four Wick Primary Schools to form the Junior Court.
The Wick Diamond Jubilee
include a Crowning Ceremony in the Wick Market Square, a procession to
Wick harbour for the HarbourFest Opening Ceremony on Saturday 16th
June, and a magnificent Royal Diamond Jubilee Flotilla with over 150
decorated boats leaving Wick Harbour on Sunday 17th June with the Royal
Court aboard the Isabella Fortuna as the lead boat.