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.

Crowning Lady 2008 Selected

Starring Role

Anna Lumsden is the woman chosen to crown this year's Lanimer Queen.

"I am still floating," Mrs Lumsden said on Monday, the day after the selection committee paid a surprise visit to her home in Friarsfield Road.

"I am really thrilled".

And her duties on Thursday June 12 will be a far cry from her usual Lanimer tasks - a member of the Lanimer Committee since 1979, she is usually in charge of seating at the cross.

Mrs Lumsden was a teacher from 1961 until 1970, latterly at Lanark Primary, and served as a vice-chairman of Law Hospital NHS Trust from 1993 until 1999, then as vice-chairman of Lanarkshire Acute Hospitals Trust until 2004.

Voluntary work within the community has included putting out Lanimer lorries, working with the Meals on Wheels Service, the Red Cross and Speakers Club, and a decade as chairman of the management committee of Clydesdale CAB, and she has been an elder in Greyfriars Church since 1997. She sashed the Lord Cornet in 1991.

She and her husband Jack have two daughters, Kandi and Kirsty, and a grand-daughter, Jodie.

Lanark Gazette
Thursday, February 21, 2008