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.

Castlebank Memories

When it was decided that Lanark Racecourse was no longer viable as a site for Lanimer afternoon activities, the location of the Lanimer Fayre, Castlebank Park, was suggested as an alternative. It seemed a potentially vibrant site, with easy public access. After a trial year, a Lanimer Sub-Committee was formed.

Although it would be difficult to match the year at the Racecourse with the Radio One Roadshow, the Committee went on to provide a wide selection of entertainment, including Radio Clyde, Daily Record, and Clan FM Roadshows; Freefall Paratroopers; Clan Ranald Battle Society; Carrick 600; Medieval Clydesdale.

We cannot forget the splendour and sounds of the massed Pipes and Drums, and the Silver bands, who have entertained us over the years, not only in the Arena, but in the Marquee. On Lanimer Night the Marquee has also seen such acts as Trampas, Playtone, Starlight Disco and Your Party Night Disco, to name but a few.

All this has not taken place without some minor hiccups. We have had power to the Big House cut off, and power blown in the Marquee. A freefall paratrooper landed in the crowd. Vehicles have got bogged down, have not been able to get into the park, and the Convener can resign up to ten times a day! We have even had the licence for the Bar not being available for opening time.

Despite such glitches Castlebank Park has now become one of the major events in the Lanimer Calendar Having been involved since the 'big move' I must admit that, in being so involved, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent the Lanimer Committee on Lanimer day. We work hard and play hard, as we strive to better the event year by year; and we are always on the look out for new members (could you become one?).

This year we are trying some new and improved items, and we will listen to constructive criticism on entertainment. Some of the favourites will remain, but we shall have local Pop bands, Specialist Arena Displays, and more involvement of HM Forces.

The Committee is aware of the need to give value for entry money. We also need public support to ensure that mindless individuals cannot ruin an enjoyable afternoon for the children and those accompanying them. We would like to know what you think about alcohol being available only through the Marquee, with none being brought into the park by other means. We want everyone who comes to the Park to leave saying they had a great day, and will return next year (as many did in 2006).

The more who support us the better the entertainment we shall be able to provide. We would like to wish the Lord Cornet and the Lanimer Queen a happy and successful year and a 'Happy Lanimers!'


As in past years we have arranged a Lanimer Night Function in the Marquee, and are pleased to announce entertainment by 'Your Party Night' Disco and a well-known Glasgow Country and Western Group, 'Red Canyon'. Tickets are 5 and will be available from Castlebank Committee members, and on sale during Lanimer Day We hope you will support this new event. There will be a raffle during the function, to help with Lanimer Fundraising. With a good attendance we shall plan similar events in the future.


Some ask 'When does the Castlebank Committee get a chance to celebrate?' Well, we have Vanimer Day, and it was born three years ago, when the Committee was together 'planning', with a few quiet drinks. Because we are busy we miss the Procession, but we judge our own procession, the one that troops into the park to make your entertainment for the rest of the day. Keeping up with tradition, sort of, we have a Sashing of the Lord Transit, crowning of the Vanimer Queen and Right and Left Hand Axles. You will gather we are a strange lot, but, in the end we try to give you a good day. To everyone who reads this we hope you have a peaceful day and a very happy Lanimers.

Jim Masters, Co-Convener, Castlebank