History of Poulton Gala

Here is an archive of past Galas. If you have any information, stories or photos then please contact us to share them.

Poulton Gala Committee

Would you like to be our Gala Queen for 2020 or a member of the retinue?

If you’re in years 3 to 6 primary school and would like to be one of the most important people in Poulton on Gala Day, attend important events and act as an ambassador for the town during the Queen’s year of office, you are invited to complete the application form at the link below.

Gala Queen & Retinue 2020

All applicants must have the permission of their parents or guardian.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th November 2019.

Please note, we have a list of requirements which parents / guardians must read before applying. We are not trying to put people off, we just want to ensure you understand the important role of Poulton Gala Queen & the retinue and the work which is involved. As a committee we will provide any advice and support where required.

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Click here for the 2019 Photo Gallery 

Despite the rain, the gala will still go ahead as planned so bring a brolly until the rain stops!

Our entertainment, hosted by multi award winning vocal entertainer, Tom McLeod, will start at 10am in Market Place.

The grand parade sets off from Civic centre at 12 noon, making its way through the streets of Poulton, culminating at Market Place, in time for the 2019 Poulton-le-Fylde Gala queen crowning at 1pm.

We will continue to entertain you for the rest of the afternoon with live singinging, dancing and bands.

We also have a variety of stalls selling hot food, cold drinks, ice creams, crafts, gifts and toys.

Some of the talent we have to entertain you on the day!

Tom McLeod

Blackpool Gymnastics

Avishek Choudhury

Imogen Evans

Jeannie O’Leary

Melissa Miles

Blackpool & Fylde Dance Academy

Singleton Cloggers

Simon Stirzaker

11th Hour

Other attractions on and around gala day include:

A full day of family entertainment: Market Place 10:00am – 5:00pm

Gala Parade: Sets off at 12:00pm from Civic centre car park – FY6 7PU

Crowning of the 2019 Gala Queen Elect: 1pm in Market Place – FY6 7AZ

Fosters Funfair: Cottam Hall playing fields – FY6 7RN, Friday 31st May 6pm-9:30pm, Saturday 1st June 12:00pm – 9:30pm, Sunday 2nd June 1:00pm-5:30pm

We are proud to announce John Earnshaw Independent Financial Advisors as our main sponsor for the 2019 Gala season!
They are a UK leading firm of independent mortgage advisers, who aim to provide impartial, fee-free initial consultation on mortgages, re-mortgages, protection and lifetime mortgages. This family friendly firm, that you can trust, has been in business in Poulton-le-Fylde since 1999.If you wish to join the parade then please fill out a registration form here http://poultongala.org.uk/parade-registration-form/

In the meantime please contact us if you need any information or wish to get involved in any other way.

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Thank you to Jimi Neilson for the images above taken at Poulton Gala 2018!

Poulton Gala 2018 Report


MUSIC chimed and crowds cheered for a ceremonious community occasion at this year’s Poulton Gala, which was sponsored by Redrow.

The Gala has been a Poulton diary fixture for decades so the pressure was on to deliver – but with the sun shining, the brass band playing and hundreds of happy people in attendance organisers have declared it to have been “even better” than they could have hoped for.

At the pinnacle of the day, families spanning generations came together for Poulton Gala’s ‘Big Parade’ around mid-day. The award-winning Poulton Band started things off, marching and playing on their way.

The parade took on a new, extended route in the shape of a figure-of-eight, taking in the sights and delights of Poulton before culminating in the crowning of a new Gala Queen, Ella Louise Humphries.

Meanwhile, family entertainment was arranged to take place throughout the day in Market Place with music, stalls and specially-organised dance displays proving to be popular attractions.

Steve Nicholls, Poulton Gala Chairman, said: “It was an outstanding day and even better than the Gala Committee and sponsors Redrow could have hoped.

“The weather was just right for walking and crowds lining the route. The Market Place was a hub of activity and filled with happy people enjoying the entertainment on the day.”

Redrow – which has two developments in the town – was keen to put its backing behind the historic event and was the headline sponsor for the fun-filled community day.

Lesley Myers, sales manager for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), said: “Poulton Gala is something of an institution in the town and a showcase for all that’s great about living here – a warm, inviting community spirit in a picturesque setting.

“We were proud to be sponsors and would like to congratulate the Gala’s committee, made-up of volunteers, for staging such a wonderful event.”

Redrow’s Poulton developments include Oldfield Park, which is around a mile from the town centre, and currently boasts three and four-bedroom homes from £309,995; whilstThe Pavilion is right at the heart of Poulton, close to the train station, and currently has the four-bedroom detached Pembroke home from £272,995

Issued for & on behalf of Redrow Homes (Lancashire) by Active PR. Press information from Kate Logan tel: 07545 504 053, email: katelogan@activepr.co.uk; or contact Linda Bright tel: 07710 020026, email: linda@activepr.co.uk

Hopefully the weather will be dry again for this years gala. If the weather is wet, the parade will still go ahead. Please bring a brolly and your waterproofs so you can still enjoy the day. If it is raining, then the crowning of the Gala Queen Elect will take place inside St Chads church(approx 1pm) where everyone is welcome to come in and join us.


REDROW is banging the drum for this year’s Poulton Gala after announcing sponsorship of the landmark community event.

The Gala – which has been an annual staple in Poulton’s diary stretching back for decades – is being held on Saturday, June 2.

Organisers are promising this year’s magic-themed event will be bigger and better than ever before and Redrow is proud to put its backing behind the event.

Lesley Myers, sales manager for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), said: “We have a real affinity with the community of Poulton having launched our Pavilion and Oldfield Park developments within the town’s beautiful setting.

“Poulton Gala is a tremendous event that brings people of all ages together and we are excited to be sponsoring what promises to be another special day for the town.”

People of all ages are expected to congregate for Poulton Gala’s ‘Big Parade’, which will be headed by the award-winning Poulton Band, starting at 12pm.

The parade will set-up and leave from the town’s Civic Centre car park and follow a newly-extended figure-of-eight route, taking in all the main shopping streets before finishing in Market Place, where the new Gala Queen will be crowned by the retiring Gala Queen.

The parade will be the pinnacle of a day packed with family entertainment, kicking off at 10am and running through to 5pm in Market Place. Music, dance displays and stalls will feature with some additional surprises in store for people who attend.

Steve Nicholls, Poulton Gala Chairman, said: “The theme of this year’s event is magic and we cannot wait to see the delight on people’s faces when they turn out for the Poulton Gala – a lot of hard work has gone into planning something truly special.

“We are thrilled to have Redrow on board, providing sponsorship and promoting a positive community occasion in the process.”

A Night of Blues 

We will be hosting a ‘Night of Blues’ on Friday 27th April 2018 to raise money for Poulton Gala. For more info or to apply for tickets please contact us.

Poulton Gala presents Thornton Little Theatre
The Fylde Blues Festival
Friday 27 April 8pm
Tickets £20

Don’t miss out on a wonderful night of music at Thornton Little Theatre on Friday 27 April as the Fylde Blues Festival arrives, raising funds for Poulton Gala.

The event is an annual fund raiser for the long running Poulton Gala and features The Connie Lush Band, European blues act of the year, plus full support line-up: John Carroll, Geoff Pearson, Joey Shields and The Shakers Blues Band.
The opening act Jeff Pearson is a local solo blues man who plays down home blues in a simple fashion. Joey Shields from Liverpool plays electric guitar blues both as a solo and with his band Joey Shields and the Wheels. John Carroll is a well-known local bluesman who plays and sings lively blues songs, he and his band The Shakers are well known in the area. The show will close with John playing with his band.

The second set will be devoted to the world-famous Connie Lush Band, Connie and the band have played all over the world for many years and have won many awards, indeed Connie is an Ambassador for the UK Blues Federation and is in the Gallery of Great British Blues Artists. Take a look at the Connie Lush website http://www.connielush.com/

Please click here to complete an application form

Poulton Gala 2017 Report

Thank you to everyone who turned out to watch, participate in or support this year’s Poulton-le-Fylde Gala.

Please see our Gallery for more images of the day.

Poulton saw an impressive turn out as people flocked to the town to watch one of the largest parades to date! The Nursery Rhyme themed parade left Poulton Civic Centre at 12 noon and made its way round the town on one of the sunniest days of the year so far. The crowds followed into Market Place where Deputy Mayor, Cllr Julie Robinson officially opened the Gala celebrations before eight-year-old Phoebe Lyons was crowned Poulton-le-Fylde Gala Queen for 2017/2018.

A fantastic afternoon of live entertainment followed, with dance performances from JC Dance, Blackpool & Fylde Dance Academy, Singleton Cloggers, Barefoot Bellydance to name but a few. The day was finished off with live music from Happy Daize, the happiest band on the Fylde Coast and the fantastic trio, Jeannie & the Tonics.

Thornton Galas visiting queen won the trophy for the best float while St Chads Little Gang won the best walking group as ‘Peter Pan’. Blackpool and the Fylde Dance Academy (Trolls) won best children’s fancy dress and the best adult fancy dress was presented to the Scottish Dancers.

Kahuna Hair & Beauty Salon of Chapel Street won the best dressed window display and John Earnshaw of John Earnshaw Independent Financial Advisors won the Steve Rolland memorial trophy, for effort in the community for his tireless support of community events based in Poulton.

We hope you had a fantastic day and once again thank you to all who have supported us this year in everything we have done and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018!

Poulton Gala 2017

Poulton Gala is this Saturday 3rd June! There will be entertainment in the Square hosted by local entertainer Tom McLeod from 10am – 5pm. We will have lots of fantastic local talent, singers, dancers, acoustic sets and bands to entertain you all throughout the day. The grand parade leaves at 12noon and culminates in the Square at 12:45pm. We will then crown the 2017 Gala Queen Elect. In addition, there will be lots of local stalls selling arts & craft, hot & cold food, drinks, ice cream and from 12noon the beer tent will be open!

Some of the talent we have to entertain you on the day!

Tom McLeod
Lauren Hope (singer)
Enya Lousie ( Acoustic Set)
Lynn Carroll
JC Dance
Beth Markham (From Britains Got Talent)
Blackpool & Fylde Dance Academy
Singleton Cloggers
Melissa Miles (singer)
AVR Dance
Barefoot Bellydance
Happy Daize
Jeannie & the Tonics

Our theme this year will be ‘Nursery Rhymes’ and there will be prizes for best fancy dress and best float. If you would like to enter the parade or get involved in any other way then please contact us for more info!

Poulton Gala 2016 Report

Thank you to everyone who turned out to watch, participate in or support this year’s Poulton-le-Fylde Gala. 

We hope you had a fantastic day and once again thank you to all who have supported us this year in everything we have done and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2017!

We will be having our AGM on Tuesday 21st June 2016, 7pm  

at The Breck Club in Poulton.

Everyone is welcome.

If you want to come along and talk to us about joining the committee for 2017 or if you have any feedback or ideas for next years’ Gala then  please come along or contact us and we will be in touch.

This year, the parade will be led through the town by our new Poulton-le-Fylde Town Crier, so please look out for him and give him a wave as he passes!

Please follow us on Twitter @Poultongala for up to date information on the day!

There is still chance to enter the parade as a walking group, we have prizes for the best groups and floats. If you would like to be involved in the parade or if can help us on the day or in the future then please contact us now.

Our entertainment in the Square will start at 10am and run through until 5:00pm with the crowning of the Gala Queen in the middle of the day at 12:45pm.

We have an amazing line up of local talent including singers, dance groups and local bands so please come along and join us.

There will be a selection of stalls in the Square selling hot and cold food, drinks, ice creams, craft, face painting and for the first time we will have our own beer garden provided by the Thatched House for you to enjoy a drink while watching the entertainment!

Fosters funfair will also be operating on Cottam Hall playing fields – FY6 7RN, Friday 3rd June 6pm-9:30pm, Saturday 4th June 1:00pm – 9:30pm, Sunday 5th June 1:00pm-5:30pm

We welcome any photos of the Gala for inclusion on our website gallery and for use in next years brochure and on posters. If you have taken any images or video of the day then please contact us to upload them. Unfortunately we can’t pay for them but we will accredit any images used with your name or business. Thanks!

Poulton Gala 2015 Report

Katie - 2015 Poulton Gala Queen

Poulton Gala 2015 took place on June 6th and continues it’s long history. There were an encouraging number of first time entries and all who took part in the parade were of a high standard. The wind was trying to send us back around the extended route but we managed to keep to schedule. The community of Poulton showed it’s spirit and there was a massive turn out which encouraged the participants. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Tom and Mrs Alene Balmain walked in the parade and awarded the cup for the best mobile tableaux to Poppy Jack’s and the best walking group to our Barefoot Bellydance.

Katie was crowned ‘2015 Poulton-le-Fylde Gala Queen’ and the entertainment in the Market Place was superb right through the day. Led by our talented singer and compere Tom McLeod, we finished the day with performances from the young people from the Upbeat Rock Academy, which trains the young in musicianship. We unfortunately missed the older group from the Academy due to the threat of rain.

The whole Gala Committee would like to thank the visiting Queens and retinues, all the parade participants, all who entertained and the most important people, the community of Poulton who turned out to support the event.

 Poulton Gala 2014 Report


2014 Poulton Gala Queen Freya Seville is crowned in St Chad’s Church

Poulton Gala 2014

Despite the weather, hundreds of you turned out to watch the parade and the crowning of our 2014 Gala Queen elect, Freya Seville.

Freya was crowned in St Chad’s church where a capacity crowd meant there was standing room only.

The afternoons entertainment was hosted by Tom McLeod and included The UP Beat Rock Academy, Poulton Peoples Choir, Phil Kaila Salsa Teacher, Lynn Carroll, Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy and for the first time in their career, The Happy Daize band rocked in church!

The Flower Barrow won the Best Dressed Window Display and Travelcare World won the Steve Rolland Memorial trophy for Effort in the Community.