Salmon Queen tradition is celebrated in Missouri

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The traditions of Berwick have travelled thousands of miles across the pond with a special crowning ceremony taking place in Missouri, USA.

Former Tweedmouth resident Fiona Gail McDonald Woods was ‘crowned’ Salmon Queen at a special 50th birthday celebration in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month.

Berwick’s traditions crossed to the New World in a humorous reenactment of the 1979 Tweedmouth Feast in which Mrs Woods, daughter of longtime Berwick doctor Douglas McDonald and Ann McDonald, was honoured.

The 1979 Queen was Gail McDonald Woods’ good friend, Jill Summers. As a birthday gift Mrs Woods’ husband Richard planned a rewriting of history involving an elaborate observance of Berwick fact and fiction.

The event in St. Louis was inspired by a recent visit by the American couple to Berwick, where Mrs Woods celebrated her 50th birthday at a Berwick High School reunion on May 3.

Mrs Woods’ brother-in-law, Allan Guy brought his seven-piece band, The Atlantic Soul Messengers, to perform.

Over 150 guests from the US were introduced to Berwick, and the celebrations included a singing of ABBA’s Dancing Queen re-written as Salmon Queen, as well as a rendition of God Save the Salmon Queen. British, Scottish, and American flags adorned the venue - a large, rustic log barn.

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