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 Procession Judges

The Lanimer Procession is the largest, the oldest and we believe the best procession of its kind held annually in Scotland. The Lanimer Committee are very keen to invite, as judges, individuals from various walks of life as well as individuals with Lanark connections.

This year we welcome the following as our Procession Judges:

Mr Ken Arthur

From South Lanarkshire Council in Hamilton, joining us this year is Ken Arthur, Executive Director of Education Resources. Ken was appointed to his current post on 1 April 2005. South Lanarkshire Council is one of the largest educational authorities in Scotland.

Miss Aileen Collins & Mrs Janette Smithson

Old friends are always welcome back to our historic celebrations and we are very pleased both Aileen Collins and Janette Smithson (formerly Nisbet) are able to be with us from Jersey and Nairn respectively. Both ladies were educated at Lanark Grammar School and after further education, taught at Lanark Primary School in the 1960/1970's. During their careers at Lanark Primary School, they were very actively involved in school entries in the Lanimers and as a result are well aware of all the work which goes into producing an entry.

Mrs Gracie Kenneway

Mrs Kenneway hails from Tarbrax and we extend a warm welcome to her. As with Katie Young, Grace Kenneway (Robertson prior to her marriage), taught a whole generation of pupils in I960' and 1970' at Lanark Grammar School, mathematics. One of her interests at the School was badminton and Gracie regularly wrote the annual report on the badminton club for the annual School Magazine. One of Gracie's current hobbies is grass bowls.

Mr & Mrs Kenneth Lindsay

We extend a warm welcome to Kenneth and Sandra Lindsay from Linlithgow to their first visit to our celebrations. Kenneth is the new Provost of the Court of Deacons of the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, having been elected to the post in November 2005 for a three year term of office. Linlithgow together with Lanark, Stirling and Edinburgh, all share a long and distinguished history stretching back in history to when all former Royal Burghs for the 'Curia Quatuor Burgorum' or Court of Four Burghs. Kenneth by profession is a chartered accountant.

Mrs Edmere Mackie accompanied by Mrs Margaret-Ann Wilson

Following Mrs Mackie's first visit to our Celebrations, we are pleased she is able to join us once again together with a colleague Mrs Margaret-Ann Wilson. As mentioned last year, Edmere has now retired from teaching Art at Kelvinside Academy Glasgow with Margaret-Ann also having recently retired as head of Domestic Science at Bearsden Academy. Both ladies have been extremely involved in costume design and creation for school and non-school theatrical productions.

Ms Anita Manning

A familiar face on the BBC's antique show Flog It, Anita Manning broke the mould in 1989, when she became the first woman auctioneer in Scotland. For a second year, we welcome Anita to our Celebrations. As well as appearing on television, Anita also runs her family auctioneering house, Great Western Auctions which is located in Whiteinch, Glasgow. The auction house is the largest non-specialist sellers of paintings in Great Britain.

Mr Alex Muir

From Pittenweem we welcome back Alex Muir who by profession is a milliner. Over the years a number of Crowning Ladies in Lanark have commissioned their formal hats from Alex as well as a number of ladies who have over the years acted as procession judges. In addition to making hats, Alex also lectures part time at Dundee College.

Councillor and Mrs James Smith

From one of our neighbouring local authorities, we are very pleased to welcome Councillor James and Mrs Jean Smith from North Lanarkshire Council. Councillor Smith is the depute leader of the Council and represents the Kirkwood Ward. Mr & Mrs Smith live in Coatbridge.

Lady Stewartby

Once again we are pleased to welcome back Deborah Stewartby from Broughton. Deborah is granddaughter of the famous Scottish author John Buchan and is heavily involved in the John Buchan Society. Within South Lanarkshire, Deborah is a member of the Children's Panel. Other interests include being a Director of Scottish Ballet as well as the Scottish Trustee of the charity Barnardos.

Mr & Mrs David Williams

Event Scotland which was established in 2004, is an organisation which aims to make Scotland one of the world's foremost locations for business, cultural and sporting events. Representing this organisation at our celebrations is their Chief Executive, David Williams and his wife Helene from Edinburgh. Prior to taking up his post, David has spent most of his working career in Australia, creating, bidding and securing major events for the country.

Mrs Katie Young

We extend a warm welcome to Katie Young to our celebrations. Currently living in Pitlochry with her husband, Katie Young is better known to a whole generation of pupils at Lanark Grammar School by her former name Katie Sloan. During the 1960's and early 1970's, Katie taught geography at Lanark Grammar School and was very heavily involved in the activities of the School. This included the annual Lanimer entry. Together with Gracie Kenneway, both ladies are looking forward to renewing old acquaintances.