Accomplished young singers, dancers and gymnasts and other performers have been praised for their professionalism after entertaining during an event surrounding the choosing of a festival queen.
Organisers of Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival’s ‘Selection Spectacular’ also welcomed guest of honour, Preston North End player Will Hayhurst to the afternoon of fun at Goosnargh Village Hall.
Festival secretary, Stephanie Butters said the afternoon went “beyond all expectations”.
She said: “Particularly impressive was the way our young people are so mature. We didn’t have to worry at all about anything to do with all the performances, as it was being managed by the young people themselves. They are very accomplished, very mature. They are just delightful young people...it is quite astonishing what talent there is just here, in Goosnargh.” Be it the dancers trained by Carol May; singer Ellena Morgan; dancer Emily-Jade Littlechild; school choir ‘Oliversongs’; gymnast Kayla Hardman; dancers from St Francis’s School; duet ‘Tiddlywinkywoo’; a joint number between Emily-Jade and Grace Chadwick or a Ju-Jitsu demonstration, the crowd was delighted throughout the afternoon, during which four young hopefuls put their names forward to be this year’s queen, the lucky young lady being 11-year-old Abbie Cornall, a year seven pupil at Longridge High School.
Stephanie thanked everyone for their help and contributions, not gorgetting compere Nick Birkby and stage manager Alex Johnson.