It was a scene of celebration for three locals girls at the Waterside Inn on Saturday 24th May as one of Peterhead’s most anticipated events of the year ‘ the Buchan Queen Contest – took place to a packed crowd.
This year there were seven participants and as the night progressed it was clear that any of the girls could be in with a chance of a top 3 placing.
Judges for the evening were Norman McLeod (STV), Craig Milne (Northsound), Glenn Moir (Waves Radio) and Rick Cowie (Original 106 FM) whilst the night’s regular host Ritchie Grant was sidelined due to illness. Instead it was up to Brian Carle to host the show and he even managed to get the crowd in hesterics with a Dermot O’Leary type dance complete with backing girls (the 7 entrants).
Everyone was on the edge of their seat when the first name was read out by Mr Carle. Stacey Robson was announced as Buchan Princess followed by Ashley Mae Stephen as the next Buchan Princess.
Brian Carle then left everyone is suspense before Natasja Kaminski was unvieled as Buchan Queen for Peterhead Scottish Week 2014. Natasja was quickly congratulated by the other entrants before being surrounded by family, friends and other guests. A mass onslaught of camera flashes began as the evening came to a close.
Natasja becomes the 53rd title holder of “Buchan Queen”, which was first held by Madeline Kelman in 1962. The official crowning day takes place in the heart of Peterhead at Drummers Corner on Saturday 19th July. A host of entertainment is due to take place on the build up to the coronation with local DJ Ryan Murdoch kicking things off, followed by the hugely successful 610 Dance Academy, a Disney Sing-a-long, the Lawrence Dance Academy, Scottish Singer Barbara Ann Burnett and the Fraserburgh RBL Pipe Band.
Crowning the Buchan Queen this year will be the Provost of Aberdeenshire, Jill Webster.
In addition to the Buchan Queen and Buchan Princesses, the Scottish Week Committee introduced three Junior Buchan Princesses that will attend 6 events over the course of the week.