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Westhoughton Community Royalty

Carnival or Community Royalty is a long-held tradition that sees young girls and some boys dress up in beautiful gowns and suits for community events such as carnivals, fayres or pageants. Royalty would both represent their town, acting as ambassadors, and compete across regions; in competition, as well as dress and appearance, judging categories would include deportment and poise and conversation. Whilst many towns have lost their carnivals, the tradition of Community Queens continues and our royalty can be seen at events in and around Westhoughton and beyond, organised by dedicated volunteers and leaders, helped by the mums and dads, and the enthusiasm of the girls and boys who become royalty.

Community Royalty helping out at Grandma's Corner Christmas Fayre 2014 (Rainbow Crafts) Every year new charities are nominated and money raised for good causes. The Royalty more than happy to help out and be a feature of local events. Up until its demise in 2006 the crowning of our Carnival Royalty was a highlight of the Westhoughton Carnival. However, after a lull, in recent years thanks to the efforts of groups within the Westhoughton Community Network there are events - big and small - that take place throughout the summer months, and people get the chance to see this fine tradition.

The girls and boys who get involved enjoy dressing up and being a part of this vibrant community at events, or out and about such as visiting old folks homes. Those who are involved form friendships and grow in confidence. It was the 2014-15 Community Queen herself who did the presentation in front of a room full of people for the successful Westhoughton You Decide funding bid.

Westhoughton Community Queens Association Crowning of Royalty at Westhoughton Big Fun Day June 2014 Currently, activities include competitions: two per year (own group); there are two competitions a month across the North West and in the summer months there are the carnivals and events. It is a sociable affair with parents joining in to enjoy days out and trips. There will be stalls at events to raise funds for the chosen charities - this year (June-June) they are: Manchester Children's Hospital, Wigan and Leigh Hospice and Bolton Hospice, with the April sponsored walk from Botany Bay, plus a psychic night, supermarket bag-packing and stall tombolas, Westhoughton Community Queens Association have raised £2,454. A special Presentation Evening is to take hand over the money to the chosen charities.

Adding some colour, Community Royalty were present at the popular Friends of Eatock Lodge Family Funday 6th September, with the girls in their dresses and running a stall raising money and giving a chance to visitors to find out more about the group. Photos from the day on the Eatock Lodge Facebook group.

Westhoughton Community Queens Association Petals at Eatock Lodge Funday 2011 Categories of Royalty

  • Petals – little girls less 5 years old.
  • Rosebuds – 5 to 7 years old.
  • Page Boys - 10 years old and under.
  • Princess – 8 to 10 years old.
  • Junior Queens – 11 to 13 years old.
  • Queen - 14 years and above.
    There will be deputies to stand in should the Queen not be available.

Community Royalty is for one year with an annual crowning / change of royalty event. This year it will take place as part of the Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival at Westhoughton Leisure Centre on Saturday, 2nd July. Is it expensive? No more than other social activities. Dresses which can be bought new or second-hand can be purchases from between £20 and £150.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Association Selections | Saturday, 11th June from 11:00am

Postponed from the 'It's A Knockout' Family Funday due to rain, Westhoughton Market (Rear Hall) will see the selection of community royalty for 2016-17. Categories being : Pageboy (any age); Petal (4 years and under); Rosebud (5 to 7 years); Princess (8 to 10 years); Junior Queen (11 to 13 years) and Queen (14 years and above).

Selection starts at 11:00am. Free entry for Selections. Dress code is smartly dressed. Current royalty will show participants how to curtsy/bow as per per normal conduct. On the day, those children selected will also be given details of the upcoming events and meetings. Your involvement and support keeps the tradition alive and this popular spectacle in the public eye. All are welcome to join us.

Contact Mrs Greenall for registration details on 07730 954944.

Presentation & Competition | Saturday, 2nd July from 1:00pm

The annual crowning event will take place at Westhoughton Leisure Centre during the Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival weekend. Beforehand there will be a short procession to launch the festival. This will begin at 11:00am from the Leisure Centre with a short tour of the town centre. At 12:00pm decorated visiting royalty car will be judged (Leisure Centre carpark). From 1:00pm there will be a 'Queens' Parade' in the sport centre (main hall), followed by the crowning of the new Westhoughton Community Royalty by military personnel.

Previous Events

St. George's Day Celebration | Saturday, 23rd April

Representatives of Westhoughton Community Queens Association were on hand to support Westhoughton Market at their community funday event to mark St. George's Day.

Christmas Fair | Sunday, 29th November

Raising funds for their charities, Westhoughton Community Queens Association took over the John Holt Centre for their annual Christmas Fair.

Presentation & Competition | Sunday, 15th November

Competition and presentations at the Mercury Hotel with community royalty from across the North West present.

Rose County Competition >> Download info sheet

Westhoughton Community Queens Association Rose Country Competition - Royalty from the region gathering at The Mercury Hotel - 17 May 2015Took place on Sunday, 17th May at the Mercury Motel, Westhoughton. Covering all categories. A good turnout, with visiting royalty joining the Westhoughton contingent from Horwich, Chorley and Adlington (towns that continue with their carnival traditions). There were trophies for 1st place and certificates for 2nd and 3rd places. Money raised on the day to go to two local Hospices and Manchester Children Hospital.

Westhoughton Community Royalty held their annual crowning of new royalty event during the Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival on Saturday, 4th July at The Carnegie Hall (Town Hall); with a nod to the old carnival processions, this was preceded by float tour of town centre area - local character Billy P providing the transport.

Contact Information

Main contact Sandra Greenall (Chair).
E-mail: WCR
07730 954944

Facebook WCRWCR Facebook Group.


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    Daisy Hill Cricket Club (BL5 2EB)
    Fri-Sun 20-22 Apr (from 5pm Fri, 11am Sat/Sun)
    Chance to sample range of beers. Cricket. Food. Entertainment… £2 entry.
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    Westhoughton Methodist Church Hall, Wigan Road (BL5 3QD)
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  • Rotary Christmas Float
    Rotary Club of Westhoughton very grateful for public support and donations in the run up to Christmas. £7,431 was raised for local charities and groups to be distributed in April.
  • Friends of Westhoughton Station
    Meeting Sundays from 10am, volunteer group undertake clean-up and ambient improvement work at Westhoughton Station benefiting local commuters. Excellent progress. All welcome.
    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • Hope Community Centre
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    Updated programme. Group activities and events; available for hire for community groups - also parties. 'Grub tub' available for Foodbank donations - 9:30am to 3pm on Mondays.
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    Thursdays from 7:30pm
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  • George Formby Society
    Wed 25 Apr (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Free. Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 26 Apr (from 2pm)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • Bird Walk/Litter Pick
    Sat 5 May (7:30am)
    Eatock Lodge (The Hoskers)
    Guided walk with bird expert as Friends of Eatock Lodge do a bird song walk - lean about our feathered friends. Followed by community litter pick to tidy up local nature reserve. Equipment supplied.
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