‘We are a ‘royal’ family!’

Holly Gregson (centre) is Gala Queen at this year's Bispham Gala, an honour that has been held by both her sister Jade and mum Debbie.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-7-2013

Holly Gregson (centre) is Gala Queen at this year's Bispham Gala, an honour that has been held by both her sister Jade and mum Debbie. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-7-2013

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It’s a Royal flush!

This mum and her two daughters have all been Queen of the same gala through the generations.

And it’s one of the oldest galas on the Fylde coast. Bispham Gala has just celebrated its 118th year.

Holly Gregson, 12, followed in the footsteps of not only her big sister Jade, now 17, in being crowned the Gala Queen on Sunday, but also her mum Debbie.

Debbie was Gala Queen in 1979, aged 15 and Jade in 2007, when she was 11.

The family all attend Bispham United Reformed Church on Cavendish Road, where the queen was picked from this year.

Debbie said she was delighted when Holly, a pupil at St Aidan’s High School in Preesall, was named as this year’s star of the show.

She said: “It’s wonderful for her, it’s such a lovely day and it’s a real honour to be Gala Queen.

“When I was Gala Queen in 1979 it was such a wonderful experience.

“Of course it was a bigger event at that time and I had 26 children in my retinue.

“Today’s retinue isn’t as big, but the event still keeps its traditions.

“I remember when I was crowned it was a really windy day.

“Going up Red Bank Road, my train felt like it was going to take off!

“It’s something I will remember for the rest of my life, so I am so glad Jade and Holly have been able to experience the same thing.

“When Jade was crowned Gala Queen it sadly poured down with torrential rain, it was such a shame as the children all got soaking wet in the parade.

“But I remember the Mayor at the time, Robert Wynne, he was wonderful.

“He got out of his car to walk with the children and got drenched too.

“And he invited the children to the town hall for an afternoon to make up for the miserable weather.

“I think Holly has been the luckiest of all of us with the weather.

“It’s such a wonderful event, we hope the community will continue to support Bispham Gala and keep the tradition going for many years to come.”