THIS year's Cumbrae Queen has been chosen - and in the 60th year of the event, Zoe McArthur is keeping it in the family.

For ten-year-old Zoe is following in the footsteps of her mum, who was named Cumbrae Queen in 1992.

Zoe, whose parents are Douglas McArthur and Annie Donnelly, will be crowned later this month - and Annie admitted she was delighted to learn of her daughter's selection, saying: "It's just like the royal family!"

The crowning ceremony takes place at 2pm on Sunday May 26, within the grounds of the Garrison - where a special exhibition commemorating 60 years of Cumbrae Queens opened last month.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Cumrbae Queen 1992: Annie Donnelly, pictured alongside her maids of honour, Michelle, far left, Annie, Elizabeth and JoanneCumrbae Queen 1992: Annie Donnelly, pictured alongside her maids of honour, Michelle, far left, Annie, Elizabeth and Joanne (Image: Newsquest)

The display includes pictures from the Largs and Millport News archives and images by the late Walter Kerr, who captured life on Cumbrae on camera for many years until his death in 2007.

Annie, 42, said: “Zoe is very excited to have been selected in this very special year, and it will bring back a lot of memories for myself as Cumbrae Queen in 1992, and the world has changed a lot since then!

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“When the Cumbrae Queen committee came to tell us that Zoe had been selected, she was completely over the moon.”

Tradition dictates that Zoe's maids of honour will all come from the P6 class at Cumbrae Primary, and all her page boys from P1-3.

Annie continued: "Zoe has the dress all ready and has had all the fittings for it, and we can’t wait.
Largs and Millport Weekly News: Following in mum's footsteps: Zoe McArthurFollowing in mum's footsteps: Zoe McArthur (Image: Pic supplied)

“It is sad to see that other events, such as the Brisbane Queen in Largs, are no more, but it is such a lovely tradition, and it is good to see that it has continued in Millport all these years, and that it's still going strong.

“It is such a great event and, it has never lost its magic. It is wonderful that all the children in both year groups at Cumbrae Primary get involved and it means nobody misses out.”

Zoe’s interests include horse riding, singing, dancing and playing with her friends.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: The mane event: Zoe McArthur can't wait for the big dayThe mane event: Zoe McArthur can't wait for the big day (Image: Pic supplied)

All the fun and entertainment on the day of the crowning takes place at the sunken gardens at the Garrison.

North Ayrshire Council’s heritage service and the Cumbrae Queen committee are behind the 60th anniversary exhibition, which is open until June and has benefited from the help of several former Queens, page boys, maids and past committee members, as well as the Largs and Millport Weekly News.

During the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014, it was revealed that famous Scottish comic and film star Duncan Macrae, who starred as Para Handy in the first TV adaptation of Neil Munro's famous and much-loved books, had lived on the island and attended the very first Cumbrae Queen celebration in 1964.  

Joan Anderson was the first ever Cumbrae Queen, and her first dance at the town hall after being crowned was with the great actor.