Winchburgh Gala Day Queen makes it a treble

220513 Winchburgh gala 2013 queen elect Abbie Hardie.
220513 Winchburgh gala 2013 queen elect Abbie Hardie.
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It will be three in a row when Abbie Hardie becomes Queen at Winchburgh Gala Day next month.

Abbie (11) will be the third girl from her family to take the throne after sister Erin (14) had the honour in 2010 and sister Lauren (12) was crowned in 2012.

Despite that, the P7 pupil at Winchburgh Primary was still taken completely by 
surprise.

She said: “I was very surprised to be picked, but I have always wanted to be Queen, and I’m going to 
enjoy it.”

With only weeks away till the Gala Day on Saturday, June 29, Abbie is well organised with her arch soon to get underway.

She added: “My dress is white, puffy and sticks out, and I really like it. I will be going to practices in the next few weeks so I will have more idea what is going on, and I think I have to memorise my speech.

“I will start working on my arch soon - I’m going for a Brave theme as it’s one of my favourite films. It will have the witch, the royal family and the crow. There will be lots of people helping us, and Melissa my sister is really good at art, so she is drawing the characters for the arch.”

Mum Pauline and other siblings Melissa (15) and Paul (24) will all be getting involved as they create an arch fit for a Queen at their Millgate home.

Abbie, whose hobbies include horse riding and swimming, is looking forward to being in the parade the most.

The Winchburgh Gala Day retinue is as follows -

Queen - Abbie Hardie

Chief Lady in Waiting - Laura Blakelock

Lady in Waiting - Bethany Douglas

Champion - Liam McDonald

Captain of Guards - Paul Crawford

Herald - Ciaran Fettes

Ladies of the Court - Melissa Small, Charlotte King, Maisie Nimmo, Holly Threadwell, Sophie Ward and Abbie Grant

Bouquet Girl- Jasmine Pilley

Bouquet Girls Escort - 
Liam Morier

Queen of the Flowers - Caitlin McDonald

Queen of the Fairies - Leah Ballantine

Chief Soldier- Callum 
McDonald

Page Girl - Molly Cook

Page Boy - Charlie Nimmo

Bower Girls - Sarah Smith, Jacey Cunningham, Sophie Walker and Lynn Nelson.

For the rest of the retinue see the District Diary.