Candidate Profiles

AIDAN MCGUIRE

Aidan is 20 years old and was a pupil at Loretto RC Primary School before attending St David’s High School.

During secondary school he held part time positions at TK Maxx and USC.

Upon leaving school, he was appointed as an apprentice with Slight Joinery Ltd.

Aidan’s interests include following national rugby and football teams as well as snowboarding and he enjoys trying new sports.

He has been a spectator of the festival watching the ride outs and fancy dress parade with his family and friends.

Aidan has a good understanding of the history behind the Festival and feels that this is the right time to become more involved.

CLAIRE DOUGAL

Claire is 23 years old and was born and brought up in Whitecraig, attending Whitecraig Primary and Musselburgh Grammar schools.  She currently works at Pinkie Farm Shop as a general assistant.

Claire has been a member of Musselburgh Crusaders Riding Club since she was 10 years old and won the youngest rider trophy aged 13. She has ridden in every Musselburgh ride out since she was 8 years old and has taken part in numerous fancy dress parades. She has also had the pleasure of attending numerous other towns’ rides and festivals over the last few years.

Claire enjoys spending time with friends, family and her horse Ripper. She thoroughly enjoyed last year as an Attendant visiting local schools and businesses and representing Musselburgh in the Borders.

She is looking forward to representing Musselburgh in 2019 after a fantastic year last year.

ABBIE THOMSON

Abbie is 22 years old. She has lived in Musselburgh all her life and attended Campie Primary School before attending Musselburgh Grammar School where she was a prefect in her 5th and 6th year. Growing up, she attended Brownies at Pinkie School and Guides at Northesk.

She is currently in her final year studying BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science at Scotland’s Rural University College and she is due to graduate in July.

Abbie began riding at the age of 10, she has her own horse and was an active member of the local pony club. She spends most of her free time with her own horse, mucking out stables at a local livery yard or volunteering at the local Riding for the Disabled Association.

Having grown up watching the Festival and taking part in the Fancy Dress Parade when she was younger, Abbie is delighted to be a candidate for Honest Lass. She is looking forward to representing Musselburgh as part of the Official Party both at home and in the Borders.