VIDEO: All smiles at the gala

It was smiles all round for families in Bispham as they celebrated its gala day.

And it was an extra special occasion for 12-year-old Holly Gregson, as she was crowned Gala Queen – the third in her family to take the honour.

Cheerleaders from the Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy at Bispham Gala.

Cheerleaders from the Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy at Bispham Gala.

She follows mum Debbie and big sister Jade in wearing the crown.

Debbie, of Kildare Road, Bispham, said: “She was so excited, she couldn’t sleep the night before.

“She had such a lovely day, in the end I think she was a bit overcome by it all. She kept saying that she really felt like she was queen for the day; like she was a celebrity.”

The gala day kicked off on Saturday with a procession through the village.

1st Norbreck Cubs and Beavers at Bispham Gala.

1st Norbreck Cubs and Beavers at Bispham Gala.

Debbie said: “The procession was fantastic. It’s a long walk but they all made it through.

“There were a lot of little ones there, and we were so proud of them all.”

Following the procession, Holly, a pupil at St Aidan’s Technology College in Preesall, took part in the crowning ceremony, and enjoyed a reception with the Mayor.

The children then spent the afternoon at the fairground on the field. Debbie said: “Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a really good day.”

But Holly’s gala queen duties weren’t over, as yesterday the children were back in their gala outfits for a second showing at Bispham United Reformed Church.

Debbie added: “The children decided they wanted to show everyone who couldn’t be there on the day what they did.”

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