A LETTER FROM THE FESTIVAL QUEEN
My name is Ellen Wellings, I am fifteen years old and I live at Cabus with my mum Elaine, my dad Paul, and two older brothers Liam and Alex. I am currently in year ten at Garstang Community Academy and am taking Cooking, Business, Art and History for my GCSEs. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding and also dance at Garstang School of Dance which includes Ballet, Tap, Modern and Pointe.
This year’s festival also marks eighty years since my Grandma, Mary Wellings, was crowned Garstang Festival Queen in 1938. I have taken part in the festival since I was three years old in school floats, Morris Dancing and as an attendant, so it was an honour to be chosen this year for queen.
I will be sharing this very special day with my retinue: Evie Gardner, Beth Jenkinson, Isabel Miller, Grace Lechley, Evie Caton, Martha Carr and Rhys Curwen. I would like to thank Janet and Ann for all their help and I hope you will all be joining me to celebrate this (hopefully) sunny day.
RETIRING FESTIVAL QUEEN
I cannot believe how fast the past 12 months have gone!
My retinue and I have had so much fun over the summer visiting neighbouring villages, having the honour of taking part in their processions and watching the crowning of their Queens.
I was also invited, along with other dignitaries to switch on the Garstang Christmas lights and I look forward to visiting the Houses of Parliament, on the kind invitation of the Rt. Honourable Ben Wallace MP, in the near future.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to my retinue Phoebe, Alex, Faye, Alex, Alice, Esme and Archie. You all attended each Gala, whatever the weather and not only did you look fantastic but you were always smiling too. Also, I would like to say thank you to Anna for all of your help at the Galas and for always making my hair look amazing!
A special thank you to Janet Worthington for all of her hard work. Also, thank you to everyone involved in the festival committee who make the Children’s festival possible.
It has been a great honour to represent Garstang this year as the Festival Queen, and I would like to wish this year’s new Queen, Ellen, a very special day and I hope she enjoys her year as much as I have.
Finally, I hope the sun shines this year!