This year’s queen is Jillian Lamb, who was also awarded the speech award and named Miss Friendship. - Sara Ericsson, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Sara Ericsson
Sunny skies prevailed at Berwick Gala Days this weekend, where crowds had the chance to enjoy a plethora of activities.
Rod Reeves, vice-president of Gala Days, said that the good weather definitely helped with the success the festival experienced this year.
“With this being only the second year of the new format, we felt that the response was great.”
A highlight of Gala Days was the Princess Tea, where the annual Berwick Gala Days Queen was crowned. This year’s queen is Jillian Lamb, who was also awarded the speech award and named Miss Friendship.
As a participant of the princess pageant, Lamb has many fond memories from this year’s festivities.
“My highlights throughout the festival were the fireworks, the food, and the friendships I made with the ladies,” she said, adding that the experience was “extremely rewarding, as we had opportunities to speak at the grand opening and during the parade.”
For Lamb, being a princess in the parade was a sentimental moment. As her dad drove the car as her chauffeur and her cousin, Hannah Cox, acted as her child attendant, she was transported back to when she, herself, was a child attendant.
“It was definitely a trip down memory lane,” said Lamb.
The princess pageant also triggered memories of many ladies who attended the Princess Tea. As Reeves asked past princesses to stand and be recognized, Marilyn Wagner was among those who rose.
“I loved my experience and I loved meeting all the girls,” said Wagner, who was a princess of the 1969 Berwick Gala Days.
Though some years have passed since her days as a princess, Wagner does keep in touch with a number of the girls she met.
Likewise, Lamb says will always cherish the ladies she met as a princess and the memories they made together.
“This was an amazing group of young ladies that I was lucky to be a part of,” she added.
See a slideshow of Gala Days photos HERE.