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The Floral Queen has been an important element in the Society since the introduction of the position in 1950. The Queen's role has developed and changed over the years in accordance with changes and developments in the activities of the Society itself. Briefly, wherever and whenever there has been a Society occasion to which she can add a little charm and glamour (and, if possible, a contribution by way of fund-raising on the Society's behalf), she will be there, and as this is our Centenary year, riding in a horse drawn carriage. Thus, she has sold raffle tickets at the Autumn Show and the Children's Plant-a-Pot Morning, and Lucky Dip prizes at the Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration, and she has assisted the President and Chairman in presenting trophies won at the Summer Show.

 

Her chief involvement, however, has always been on Show Day, when she takes the leading role in the Queen's Procession through the village to the Green, following on foot, with her attendants, behind the Society banner or, in earlier years, riding on a decorated float. With agreement from the Headteachers of the Ainsdale Junior Schools the names of girls wishing to be either queen or an attendant are placed in a drum and are drawn by the Chairman. On Show Day the Queen and her four Attendants, with representatives of all the local youth organisations, parade through the village headed by a brass band and takes her place on the stage in the arena where this year she will be crowned by Christine Walkden the well known horticulturist.

 

The Queen was originally selected from among the ranks of comparatively mature young ladies (indeed one of them, at least, was a married woman when she was crowned), but the qualifying age bracket for applicants has been steadily reduced until today entry is restricted to girls aged between 7 and 11 living or attending school within 3 miles of the Village Green. The selection process takes place in April.

 

The Ainsdale Rosebud Competition was introduced in 1984 and is open to girls aged between 4 and 6 years, living or attending school within 3 miles of the Village Green. It takes place in the Arena on the morning of Show Day, when competitors are interviewed by a sympathetic Auntie figure (historically Connie Creighton or Shirley King) and duly strut their stuff' to catch the Judge's eye

 

The Ainsdale Rosebud competition is sponsored by Many Happy Returns Travel of Ainsdale