Annual Fair – June 17th 1870

Annual Fair

June 17th 1870

The annual fair was held here with good spirit on Tuesday last. The services of the famous Whins of Milton band having been obtained, a deputation headed by Provost Draper and carrying the village flag, with its representation of Wallace taking the Peel, met the band at about a mile from the village, when they formed into a marching order and proceeded first to Garqunnock House, the band playing well selected airs in first rate style. They marched to the village which they paraded from one end to the other, and being joined by a number of the feuars and hundreds of others,and after calling at the manse .they formed into procession and then proceeded to perform the great duty of the day,namely the walking of the marches, a privilege which was secured to them by “the rude forefathers of the hamlet”. On the procession returning to the village the Provost was carried to his house shoulder high, and the band played merry tunes. Footraces were then set agoing, which were very warmly contested. Altogether it was quite a gala day for old Gargunnock; the cheering strain of the band delighted al1,especially the young and brought the old in mind of the stirring times of the Peninsular war; of the reordering sergeant; and of the volunteers and local militia, which were then raised to repel the invasion of this country by Boney and his Frenchmen.