TORPHICHEN is gearing up for the biggest day of the year tomorrow (Saturday) but one young girl is taking it all in her stride.
Gala queen-elect Olivia Stark (11) is excited but calm and collected at the idea of taking centre stage in the annual village showcase.
She said: “We are nearly all organised. We’re still decorating the house as a candyland castle with pink and white stripes and lollipops in the garden spelling out my name, and also my sister Imogen (6) who is a fairy.
“There will be edible decorations like flying saucers in the trees that my mum is putting up as well.”
But nerves are not plaguing Olivia as she’s been enjoying the village’s civic week in the lead up to the big day. On Thursday night, she was defending the title she won last year at Torphichen’s Got Talent by singing ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.
Mum Fiona and dad Tony have had a very busy week at the family home in Priorsgrange.
She said: “Olivia had a party on Saturday where she got a lot of fabulous presents from friends and lots of nice things, and we also hosted the ‘Restaurant in the House’ event to raise money for next year’s gala day.
“Olivia is at practices every day this week but she’s taking it all in her stride.
“Our two cats were also in the pet show on Wednesday, and on Friday there will be the Proclamation of the Queen, which will be the sneak preview of Olivia in her dress. Saturday will be the gala day and then it’s the Kirking of the Queen on Sunday, followed by fun and games in the park.
‘‘By the end of the week we’re all exhausted but the kids love it and it’s great for the community.”