Queen Georgia’s got Grangemouth gala on her mind

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Young Georgia Forsyth will have Grangemouth Children’s Day on her mind for the next few months.

Elected by Beancross Primary classmates as queen for this year’s big event, the 10-year-old is looking forward to Saturday, June 22, when she takes over from Emma Reddie, last year’s monarch, at the official crowning ceremony in Zetland Park.

The primary six pupil said: “I think I will enjoy it, but I think I’m going to be a bit nervous as well – children play an important part, speaking to everyone from the stage.”

Georgia’s parents were delighted when they discovered their daughter will soon join the long list of right royal Grangemouth girls.

“They were really happy, then mum said she didn’t know what she was going to do.”

The answer to that is get busy designing and building an arch fit for aqueen.

Georgia said: “It’s going to be a ‘Rock the Palace’ arch because the Children’s Day will be happening at the same time as Rock the Stadium.

‘‘It’s going to be bright colours - mum is drawing up designs and my dad and uncles will be building it.”

Having already had a dress fitting, the hard work will soon begin for Georgia and her entourage.

“I got my speech on the day I found out I was going to be queen,” she said. “We’re going to hold practices every Tuesday after the Easter holidays.”

After a difficult couple of years for the event, Violet Cook, Children’s Day committee secretary, was pleased Georgia and her friends would have the opportunity to enjoy the long-standing town tradition.

She said: “We’ve just started organising this year’s event, but we have been fundraising since the last Children’s Day and will continue to do so. We have enough money to be able to hold the event for the next couple of years, but we will continue to raise more to protect it for future years.”

Violet said organisers were considering dropping the tradition of posting envelopes to the local community after last year, which was poorly supported.

She said: “It was a disappointing year last year when you consider we sent out 10,000 envelopes only got £600 back.”