Where are all our queens?

Former Queens from Churchtown Festival, which in June 2012 will celebrate its' 175th anniversary
Former Queens from Churchtown Festival, which in June 2012 will celebrate its' 175th anniversary

VILLAGERS are gearing up for another historic milestone as Churchtown Festival this year celebrates its 175th anniversary.

Festival committee members are hoping to re-visit times gone by and are on the search for former festival queens.

As part of the special celebrations, the committee wants as many former queens as possible to attend as guests on Saturday, June 2.

They will be invited to attend the crowning ceremony and take part in the procession with this year’s festival queen Molly Crook and her attendants.

Organiser Dorothy Walmsley said: “Invitations have been issued to all those that the committee has contact details for, but organisers are keen to track down a number of queens.

“If you are a past Churchtown festival queen or know of one, contact committee member Susie on 604850 or via email to sl_white@btinternet.com The committee hopes as many past queens and those who have been associated with the festival in the past will be able to join the celebration of this special anniversary.”

Organisers have also planned a Victorian theme for next month’s festival and are encouraging visitors to attend the event in period costume.

Churchtown Festival dates back to 1837 when a Spring festival was organised by the local branch of the Oddfellows, a friendly society with the aim of providing help to their members and communities.

The first ever festival queen when the role was introduced in 1932 was Peggy Barton, of Brick Row, Catterall, .

Anyone wanting to volunteer on the day or for information call 602558 or visit www.churchtown festival.com