A LETTER FROM THE FESTIVAL QUEEN
My name is Lottie and I am currently in my final year at Ripley St Thomas. I live in Garstang with my Mum, Dad and older brother, Josh.
I enjoy participating in a variety of sports including Hockey, volleyball and Netball. I also volunteer at 3rd Garstang Guides as a young leader and last summer we returned from our international trip after visiting six countries in six days.
I am delighted to be sharing this special day with my retinue; Phoebe, Alex C, Alice, Alex W, Faye and my two youngest members Esme and Archie.
I would like to thank everybody who has helped in the preparation for this day including Debbie, Jane, Anna and a special thank you to Cathy at the ‘Dressing Room’ in Garstang.
Finally, I hope you will come along to celebrate this great family day and hopefully the sun will be shining.
Lottie Hulme x
RETIRING FESTIVAL QUEEN
I cannot believe almost a year has gone by since I was crowned Garstang Festival Queen 2016. It was a very memorable day.
The day started very early with my retinue and myself getting our hair make up done. We met up with the Retiring Queen, Alex Walmsley, in the Arts Centre where everything was very hectic. As we walked to the market cross outside the Royal Oak I could not believe the size of all the crowds. I think the funniest part of the day was when my little cushion bearer, Henry, dropped my crown down the steps, more than once!! After the crowning, we all moved off, it was very special to lead the parade which I had taken part in for as long as I can remember. Following the parade we had a lovely party with some of the local dignitaries and festival organisers and I even had a cake with my name on it. I then went with some of my retinue to visit the residents of Bowgreave Rise, which was lovely and they were all very pleased to see us.
I can’t believe how quickly the day went and how amazing it was. The sun was shining and the amount of people watching and cheering was quite unbelievable. As Festival Queen I was invited to the switch on of the Garstang Christmas Lights and have also been invited for a visit to the Houses of Parliament
I would like to wish this year’s queen, Lottie, lots of luck and I hope she enjoys the day as much as I did.
I’d like the thank Janet Worthington for all her hard work and help she put in, and a special thank you to all my friends in my retinue, Lucy S, Alicia, Mollie, Ellie B, Aimee, Thea, Lucy D, Ellie C, Faye, Phoebe W, Phoebe P, Henry and Maisy.
I hope the sun shines and the crowds are as big, so Lottie’s day is as special as mine was.