Gala hopes for a double whammy

210312  Linlithgow gala 2012 queen elect fiona tuckett and marion sneddon.
210312 Linlithgow gala 2012 queen elect fiona tuckett and marion sneddon.

AFTER a scorching Marches the town is hoping for a double with the sun shining on tomorrow’s Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Children’s Gala Day.

Children will have a hard time sleeping the night before, and none more so than Queen-Elect Fiona Tuckett (11) from Linlithgow Bridge Primary, who finished off her arch this week at Avalon Gardens.

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She said: “We’ve tranformed the house into a castle and everything is ready - now we’re just waiting for the Gala Day! My dad has worked very hard, my mum has been busy painting, and our neighbours and family have been helping out. We’re just working on the finishing touches.”

Fiona’s grandparents have travelled up from Devon for the big day, and Fiona can’t wait to wear her special dress and the all-important crown during the procession, crowning, dinner speech, and talent show in the afternoon.

She added: “My dress is white with a panel down it, and it has sparkles on it - I really like it.”

Fiona’s friend Karen McCallum (11), also from Linlithgow Bridge Primary, will join her as Chief Lady in Waiting, and Fiona will be crowned by well known black bitch Marion Sneddon.

Marion (63) has enjoyed getting to know Fiona over the last few months and has been impressed with the organisational skills of the Gala Day committee.

She said: “The whole experience has been really nice, and Fiona invited me over to see her dress last Sunday.

“The Gala Day committee are so efficient. Everybody knew what they are doing and the children were full of confidence. I’m looking forward to it and I’ve been overwhelmed by people I know and those I don’t know that have been wishing me well - it’s been amazing, and I know it’s the same for Fiona. You don’t realise how much the town looks forward to this event!”

Marion, who was a teacher for 32 years in Linlithgow Primary, will be dressed in lime for the big day, and she is hoping the sun will be shining as the perfect backdrop.