The search is on for Scottish Week’s 50th Buchan Queen

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THE search is on for Buchan Queen 2011 - the 50th queen to be chosen as the popular Peterhead gala celebrates its golden jubilee.

Judges will select this year’s Buchan Queen and Princesses at a special evening at the town’s Waterside Inn on Saturday, May 14.

This year judges have lowered the entry age to 16, with those eligible being 16 years or over on July 16, 2011, and this is a great chance to get involved in the local community and be crowned Buchan Queen 2011.

“Every year all the girls always say to me they have had a fantastic week meeting huge amounts of people and attending all the events,” says Jacqui Bruce, Peterhead Scottish Week treasurer.

“This year’s Buchan Queen judging night will be held at the Waterside Inn on Saturday, May 14 and all Buchan Queen hopefuls must be free for the whole of Scottish Week, which runs from the July 16 to 24, to carry out all their duties and to participate in a week of fun!”

Anyone wishing to enter this year’s competition can do so by filling out the printed application form and sending it to Jacqui Bruce, Peterhead Scottish Week, 49 Merchant Street, Peterhead, to arrive no later than April 1.

All Buchan Queen hopefuls will receive a complimentary photo session by award-winning professional photographer Philip Stewart at Philip Stewart Photographics.

The winning girls will not only have the accolade of being crowned Buchan Queen and Princess 2011 but will win cash prizes of £250 for the Queen and £150 for each princess as well as a number of goodies.

“We have been able to lower the age to 16 due to the fact we are having a family licence in the marquee to attract bigger audiences and to really go all out and celebrate Scottish Week’s 50th birthday in style,” says Peterhead Scottish Week committee member Pamela Robinson.

Plans are well underway to make this week the best yet with a number of old favourites and some new events scheduled to take place during the week.

Scottish Week chairman Graham Barron adds: “Fifty years of Peterhead Scottish Week is a tremendous achievement and we need to celebrate this in style.

“We really hope that all the community will get involved and support the week-long event.”