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Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
Downpour forces festival indoors
Beltane Festival - Picture by Dougie Johnston

Torrential rain forced the crowning of a Borders festival queen to be switched to an indoor venue for the first time in its 108-year history.

More than 400 children in colourful outfits were moved inside from the steps of the Old Parish Church during Peebles' Beltane Festival on Saturday.

Kerry Woods, 11, was crowned Beltane Queen, following in the footsteps of her mother Margaret in 1969.

The rain did stop later on in the day to allow the parade to go ahead.

The decision to move indoors was taken by the Beltane Festival joint-secretaries David Turnbull and Alan Beveridge.

'Great spirits'

Mr Turnbull said: "There had been no plans made to go inside the church because of rain but we had the keys for the building just in case.

"Minutes after the ceremony started it was pouring down and we had to go indoors for the sake of the youngsters.

"It is disappointing that so many members of the public missed out witnessing the crowning ceremony but we have no regrets about the decision."

He added that it was amazing how the children and rallied round and maintained "great spirits".




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