A crowning achievement

Gala Queen Carla Sorman
Gala Queen Carla Sorman

Carla Sorman will be crowned Bridgend gala queen on Saturday, August 1.

A Primary 6 pupil at the village school, Carla was picked for the plum role when the retinue was drawn up.

She lives at Auldhill Place in the village with her parents, Amanda Perrie and dad Gary Sorman.

However, their preparations for the village’s big day will temporarily go on hold as they had booked a trip to Greece in mid-July prior to Carla being chosen as queen-elect.

Said Amanda: ‘‘It looks like we will be doing everything in a bit of a rush in the fortnight after we come home!

‘‘However, I’m sure everything will be all right on the big day.

‘‘No doubt Carla will be a wee bit nervous in front of the entire village but I’m sure she’ll be absolutely fine.

‘‘She is certainly looking forward to the occasion.’’

Mary Ridd, chairwoman of the gala day committee said: ‘‘We’re delighted with the way things are shaping up for August 1.

‘‘The retinue is all in place and excitement is mounting amongst all the children.

‘‘This year we are delighted to have Wallacestone Pipe Band and the Forth Bridges Accordion Band providing the music.’’

Other attractions include Alba Falconry and several sideshows.

Retinue principal characters: Queen-elect, Carla Sorman; Chief lady, Heather Laurie; Mother Earth, Rose Sinclair; Champion, Owen Paterson; Herald, Kane Laurie; Crown-bearer, Declan Paton; Sceptre-bearer, William Sutherland; Queen of the Flowers, Georgia Baird; Queen of the Fairies, Katelynn Morton.

The fun starts on Saturday, August 1, at 9.30am with the judging of the arches.

The retinue gathers at the community centre at 12.15pm with the procession leaving at 1pm. The coronation takes place at 2pm.