Louise all set to be rose queen

Louise Swarbrick, nine, who has been chosen as the Bilsborrow Festival Rose Queen 2013.
Louise Swarbrick, nine, who has been chosen as the Bilsborrow Festival Rose Queen 2013.

A Bilsborrow youngster is delighted to have been chosen as her village’s festival queen.

Nine-year-old Louise Swarbrick is said to be “really, really excited” and “cannot wait” to become Bilsbrorrow Children’s Festival Rose Queen.

Louise is now counting off the days until the big day - Saturday, June 8 - when she will be crowned during the village’s big day.

The Bilsborrow John Cross CE Primary School pupil, who will turn ten in May, has lived in Bilsborrow all her life and has always taken part in the annual festival. She has been an attendant, in the races and in the fancy dress, and one year as “Scooby Doo” with a group of friends.

She is a member of Longridge Hockey Club and a keen modern dancer at classes in Great Eccleston. Joining Louise’s retinue will be her eight-year-old sister Lauren as one of her attendants and her six-year-old brother Charlie, helping to carry the banner.

Louise will have four more attendants and these are Kiera Bell, Jessica and Daisy Robinson and Cherry Fox.

This was the first year Louise was able to put her name down to be queen and when her name was drawn out of the hat, mum Karen said: “She was pretty excited and is now really, really excited and cannot wait.”