A dream come true for new charity gala queen

Brighouse gala queen Robyn Park-Ward and her attendant Emilie Large
Brighouse gala queen Robyn Park-Ward and her attendant Emilie Large

GCSE student Robyn Park-Ward has been chosen to represent Brighouse at this year’s charity gala.

Robyn, who is currently taking her exams at Rastrick High School, has always dreamt of being crowned gala queen.

“I just want to show that I am proud to be from Brighouse and thought it would be a good opportunity to promote the town,” said the 16-year-old.

“When I auditioned I thought I would be more nervous but I wasn’t and I got in everything that I wanted to say.

“I was really happy to have been selected because there was a lot of competition.

“I am looking forward to gala day on June 25 although I am a bit nervous. I think it is going to be fun to see all the stalls and go down with the parade. I am particularly looking forward to the parade and making my speech although it will be nerve-wracking. I have been putting together a few things I want to say and have already got my dress for the event.”

Robyn was selected by the judging panel made up of members of Brighouse Gala committee, chairman of Brighouse Ladies Circle Penny Daynes and last year’s gala queen Emily Booth.

“My family and friends are all really happy for me and they are all planning to attend on the day,” said Robyn, who lives in Bradford Road, Brighouse. “I know last year’s queen, Emily, and she has told me a bit about what to do and how to welcome people so hopefully I will do a good job.”

Her attendant will be Emilie Large who attends Rastrick High School’s sixth form. The 17-year-old, who is studying AS levels in health and social, Information Technology and sociology found out about the auditions through the Brighouse Echo.

“It is something I have always wanted to do so when I saw the article I decided to enter,” she said. “It’s the first time I have applied but I have often thought about it.

“I am excited to be Robyn’s attendant and getting all the beauty treatments and being pampered. My family is really excited and happy for me and my nan, who is housebound at the moment, is hoping she will be able to come down and see me.”

Brighouse Ladies’ Circle chairwoman, Penny Daynes said: “It was really difficult to choose this year as we had such a good response and all the candidates were great.

“We chose Robyn as she has been a regular helper at the gala and has done charity work. Emilie, too, she has carried out charity and voluntary work before.”

Robyn will be crowned gala queen on June 25 at Wellholme Park.