The Royal Burgh of Lanark Crest
Lanark Lanimers - One of Scotland's Oldest Traditions Lanimer Mascot - Larry Lanimer Mascot - Bonnie

An ancient celebration held within the Royal Burgh of Lanark on the Thursday between the Sixth and Twelfth days of June annually since the year 1140.

The Other Ladies 2010

Audrey Yule, who was astonished, but overjoyed, when asked to be Sashing Lady this year, was born in Lanark during Lanimer Week, but only came to live in the town following her marriage to husband, Robert. They have one daughter, Pamela, who has been on various Lanimer lorries and has danced at The Cross on Marches Night.

An active member of the Lanimer Committee for almost fifteen years Audrey has been Judges' Convener since 2003. She also helps at The Cross on Lanimer Day and at the Reception, and is a Silver Club agent.

A solicitor by profession and a former Brownie leader of many years, she is an Elder of St Nicholas Church, a member of their Congregational Board, and a help at their Saturday teas. Robert and she were also active in the early days of the Twinning Association.

She thanks David, Lanimer Committee Chairman, for bestowing this honour upon her and proudly looks forward - instead of handling out birks as is her usual role - to sashing Lord Cornet Geoff Smith on Marches Night. Enjoy your Lanimer Week, Audrey.

Aileen Wilson, wife of William Wilson, the Lord Cornets' Club President, has the honour of pinning the gold badge on the new Lord Cornet during the Shifting of the Standard ceremony at the Cross on Marches Night.

She grew up as a farmer's daughter near Longside, Peterhead, and was Queen at the 1980 Peterhead Scottish Week celebrations. A nurse by profession she married her soul-mate, William, in 1990. His business partner since then, she continues in this role, managing the financial side of the family business.

Aileen was an active member of Lanark Primary PTA while daughters Sarah and Victoria were pupils. She is a keen gardener, winning The Clydesdale Ornamental Garden competition several times, and, rumour has it, bakes 'the world's best muffins'! Recently her hobbies have taken a back seat to her supporting William in his roles since becoming a Lord Cornet in 2004.

We hope the Wilson family has a memorable Lanimer Week this year and wish Aileen well in her principal role.

Jane Smith, wife of this year's Lord Cornet, was born in Motherwell and moved to Lanark in 1988. She studied music at Napier University, then at Anglia University, Cambridge. She works as a part-time music instructor for North Lanarkshire Council, is a member of Greyfriars Church and has been involved with local groups including Music in Lanark and LAMS, as rehearsal pianist and Musical Director. She has also helped recently with the Lanark Primary School Choir.

Jane and Geoff have one child, Jonathan who, with his Mum, has been involved with the Kilninie Club for a number of years. Jane plays for the Club's item at the Lanimer Reception. The family is also looking forward eagerly to the birth of a second child in the summer months.

Jane's companion for Lanimer Week will be her friend, Fiona Thomson. We wish them both a wonderful Lanimer Week supporting Geoff in his duties as Lord Cornet for 2010.

Photos : Archibald Photography Ltd, Crawford.