Colne Gala Queen & Princess selected for 2022

Colne Gala Queen & Princess selected for 2022
Congratulations to Martha Pearson – our new Gala Queen and to Ruby Davieson – our new Gala Princess! These two ladies now have the responsibility of representing Colne at the Colne Gala (18th June 2022) and at various other official events.

Every year, the Colne Gala Committee runs a competition to select the Gala Queen & Gala Princess for the coming year.  This year the event was held on Friday 21st April 2022 at the the function room at The Union Exchange.

Selection Process
The Judges have a plan of action for the interview process  – the actual selection criteria is quite varied and covers perhaps half a dozen or more attributes.  Each Judge usually asks some questions and quite often they throw in some on-the-fly questions. It’s quite humbling listening to the interviewees … they’re all buzzing & super keen!

The Judges 
The Judges for the competition were Evelyn Thornber, Karen Shaw and Leonora Pendlebury.

Can you help keep the Colne Gala running?
The Judges and Colne Gala Committee really do put a huge amount of work into making the Colne Gala happen. However, there are only a few Committee members. A successful Gala requires a huge amount of behind-the-scenes work and although the Committee resources are limited, they somehow achieve it.  It’s so to sit back and take all this for granted or offer arm chair opinions, but the fact is that many Gala and other long established festivals are simply disappearing. When they disappear, they are almost impossible to rekindle so we all need to chip in & protect this tradition.

They would love additional help from anyone interesting in helping out, so if you’re looking for something worthwhile to do for your local community, then look no further! The current Gala Committee members are Gary Seed, Donald Leaver, Mick Heyslop, Neil Butterworth, Evelyn Thornber, Susan Scofield and Claire Matthews.

If you can’t provide time to help, then perhaps a donation? The list of companies supporting the Gala effort is dwindling  year on year and finances are always tight these days. 

Many thanks to Northern Life for their continued support.  Just in case there is the odd person that is unaware, Northern Life produce the (free) Colne Life magazine and also the Northern Life magazine.

 The Colne Gala also have their own Facebook page at

Many thanks to Gary Seed and the rest of the Gala Committee for giving us the privilege of attending the competition for the selection process and for their help with other information relating to the Gala.  

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Naz is well known in the local community as a photo journalist. He is group creator for 'Colne Talk' - a Facebook Community Group which has approx 20K members. He also runs multiple Facebook pages for the local community & local business, such as 'Visit Colne'.