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 - 2007

The Lanimer Committee is 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:-

Ken Arthur

From April 2005 to March 2007, Ken Arthur was Executive Director of Education Resources, with South Lanarkshire Council. Prior to taking up his South Lanarkshire appointment he had been a headmaster in Glasgow. We welcome back Ken for his second year as a procession Judge.

Dr & Mrs George Bowes

From Uddingston, we welcome George & Anne Bowes. Dr Bowes, now retired, was a lecturer at Department of Geology and Applied Geology, University of Glasgow. His wife Anne was born and educated in Lanark. Her father, William Wyllie, was depute rector at Lanark Grammar School prior to taking up a position as headmaster at Carluke Higher Grade. Anne was a primary teacher at Douglas Water School before moving to work in Special Needs.

Lt. Col. Bob Bruce & Capt. Bob Stuart

The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland are Lanark's new local Battalion. The Borderers were formed last summer from the amalgamation of The Royal Scots and The King's Own Scottish Borderers. From the Battalion, the Lanimer Committee are honoured to welcome Lt. Col. Bob Bruce, Commanding Officer, together with Capt. Bob Stuart, who, prior to being commissioned, was the first Regimental Sergeant Major of the Royal Scots Borderers.

Mr & Mrs Paul Bush

Event Scotland, set up in 2004, aims to make Scotland one of world's foremost locations for business, cultural and sporting events. Representing this organisation is Deputy Chief Executive Paul Bush and his wife Katriona. At last year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Paul was the Scotland team's Chef de Mission. In March 2007, he was appointed Chair of the East of Scotland Institute of Sport.

Miss Aileen Collins

Returning all the way from Jersey, Channel Islands is Aileen Collins. In the 1960s Aileen taught at Lanark Primary School and was heavily involved in the School's annual entry in the Lanimer procession, with a number of other teachers. Following her career at Lanark Primary, Aileen took up teaching in Jersey, where she has since retired.

Mrs Gracie Kennaway

From Tarbrax, we welcome again Gracie Kennaway, or Robertson as she was better known in 1960s and 1970s. For a generation, Gracie taught mathematics at Lanark Grammar School. One of her interests at the school was badminton. She regularly reported on the club in the annual School Magazine. Like her former colleague Katie Young, she looks forward to renewing old friendships on Lanimer Day.

Mr & Mrs Kenneth Lindsay

This is Kenneth's second year as Provost of the Court of Deacons of the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Linlithgow. Kenneth, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Sandra, are welcomed back to Lanark for a second year. Lanark and Linlithgow have a long historic connection. The two Royal Burghs together with Edinburgh and Stirling, formed the Court of the Four Burghs in Scotland.

Major David Reeks

In 2002, Major Reeks was appointed Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire. Last year, in the absence of Lord Lieutenant Gilbert Cox, he took part in all the Lanimer Day ceremonies. This year, in a different role, Major Reeks, who lives in Strathaven, is one of our precession judges.

Councillor James Smith

We welcome back to Lanark Councillor James Smith who was Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, up to May 2007. In addition to his duties with the Council, Mr Smith has recently served on both the Boards of Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority.

Mrs Jan Smithson

We welcome the return of Jan Smithson, formerly Nisbet, from Nairn. She has a maternal link to Messrs D & T Brown, local tomato growers. She is a primary teacher, now working in Special Needs. She began her career at Lanark Primary. Like Aileen Collins, Jan was involved with a number of Lanark Primary entries on Lanimer Day. During Lanimer week she looks forward to renewing old friendships.

Mrs Margaret-Ann Wilson & Mrs Margaret Murray

We welcome back Margaret-Ann Wilson, from Bearsden, joined this year by Mrs Margaret Murray to judge our Lanimer entries. Margaret-Ann, now retired, was Head of Domestic Science in Bearsden, and Margaret Murray, also retired, was a principal teacher of physical education in Glasgow.

Mrs Katie Young

Last year Katie Young from Pitlochry joined us as a procession judge. Ex-Lanark Grammar pupils from the 60s and early 70s will remember her as Katie Sloan, a geography teacher. Her extra curricular activities included the annual Lanimer entry. Katie thoroughly enjoyed Lanimer Day 2006, particularly meeting up with former pupils, and looks forward to similar encounters this year. Leslie W. Reid, Honorary Secretary.