A Queen in waiting

200411 bridgend gala queen elect leah meichan
200411 bridgend gala queen elect leah meichan

IT may be four months away but planning for this year’s gala day is well underway in Bridgend.

With plenty to be organised before August 6, a Queen has been chosen and no one could be more excited than lucky lady Leah Meichan.

Leah (12) in P7 at Bridgend Primary said: “I’m quite excited and I was pretty surprised to be chosen.

“Mum has already picked a dress - it’s long and ivory with diamantes and it’s being made in America. I’m really looking forward to seeing all my other friends in their dresses.”

The youngster, supported by mum Angie (33), dad John (40) and brother Billie (15), has also got big plans for her arch at her home on Auldhill Crescent.

She added: “We will be building an arch but I can’t tell you what it is! It should be really good. I’m nervous about the speech but it’s written for you, so the day will be exciting and fun. I’m looking forward to it.”

Mum Angie is delighted her daughter has been chosen as Queen for the day.

She said: “We were surprised but we’re all excited. There’s lots to organise, but it’s a once in a lifetime thing for her and we’re going to make the most of it.”

Leah has featured in the gala day since she was four as a fairy so she knows what to expect.

There are 64 children involved in the day this year, double the number from last year and the organising committee is hoping for a great family day out.

Sadie O’Neil, chairperson of the gala day committee, said: “We’re extremely busy but it’s a lot of fun. Not a day goes by when there’s not something to do. It’s all worth it on the day.

‘‘We appreciate all the support we get, especially from the local councillors.”

See page 26 for the full gala day retinue.