New salmon queen is crowned for Tweedmouth
A new Salmon Queen has been named for Tweedmouth.
Freya Weatherley-Ryan is the latest to be crowned the Tweedmouth Salmon Queen, taking over from Emma Cairns for 2019-20 as part of the annual Tweedmouth Feast celebrations.
She will be leading fund-raising efforts to ensure the festival can survive and thrive.
Freya was crowned during a special ceremony at the Queen’s Gardens in the West End of Tweedmouth following a procession from Berwick Town Hall across the Old Bridge.
The 15-year-old was supported by her attendants, Tweedmouth Middle School pupils Freya Graham, Brooke Johnston and Mabel Skelly, plus Lola Taylor, who attends St Cuthbert’s First School.
Freya, who was “chuffed and excited”, attends Berwick Academy and is a police cadet.
She is already experienced in charity fund-raising and has raised money for organisations including Cancer Cars and MNDA.
Among the special guests in attendance were Mayor Anne Forbes, the civic head of Northumberland Ian Hutchinson and deputy civic head Eileen Armstrong, as well as the Spittal Gala Queen and the Eyemouth Herring Queen.
Joy Routledge performed the role of announcer and the Rev Linda Chapman presided over the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tweedmouth War Memorial.
The annual ceremony, dating back to 1292, sees Tweedmouth schools elect a Salmon Queen to mark the start of Salmon Week.