Countdown to a very special day

The crowning of last year's Queen Natassja Hodgson, who in turn will crown this year's Queen
The crowning of last year's Queen Natassja Hodgson, who in turn will crown this year's Queen
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You need to be up with the lark when you’re preparing for the premier attraction that is the ever-popular Garstang Children’s Festival.

Organisers are set for a 6am start this Bank Holiday Monday, for the decorating of Garstang’s market cross and other key tasks.

For new Festival Queen Laura Addison the important event will be at 11 am, when she will be crowned by retiring queen Natassja Hodgson at the Market Cross.

Laura, a 14-year-old pupil at Lancaster Girls Grammar School, said: “Since I can remember I have watched and taken part in the Children’s Festival and am so proud to have been chosen to be Festival Queen this year.”

A procession will the wind its way round the town streets with morris dancers, the festival and retiring Festival Queens joined by queens from surrounding villages and churches.

Festival secretary David Gardner said: “One of the highlights of the day must be the brightly decorated children’s tableaux.”

Seven bands will entertain the crowds - Pilling Brass Band, Brindle Brass Band, the Red Rose Brass Band, the Hyndburn Comets Majorette Troupe, the Bolton Caledonian Pipe Band, Lancaster City Brass Band and the St Peter’s Brigade Band from Preston.

The procession will also be joined by members of the Garstang School of Gymnasium and Scouts and Guides.

This year’s Garstang Children’s Festival moves to the Moss Lane playing fields from 1.15pm.

Here is a time table of Monday’s events:

10am: Procession starts to assemble

11am: Crowning of Festival Queen

11.05am: Procession moves off led by Morris dancers,

Moss Lane Playing Fields

1.10pm: Garstang School of Gymnasium display

1.40pm: Hyndburn Comets display

2pm: Children’s sports

3pm: Football seven a side semi-finals

5.15pm: Fancy dress entrants gather on playing field (entries accepted from 5.15pm)

5.30pm: Fancy dress judging

5.45pm: Presentation of tableaux prizes

6pm: Evening procession sets off, led by Morris dancers

7pm Presentation of fancy dress prizes

7.30pm: Football final

1pm - 5pm: General field attractions such as face painting, bouncy castle, roundabouts.