A new queen was crowned this weekend as the Lindal Gala returned once again.

The event has now been running for over six decades and has grown to be a much-loved point on the calendar for the community.

Lindal Church has been in charge of putting the gala together since 1962, and it was yet another occasion to remember this Saturday.

The centrepiece of the Gala is the crowning of the Gala Queen, where one of Lindal and Marton Primary School's Year Six pupils is given the title for the upcoming year.

Departing Queen Alma gets ready to hand over the crownDeparting Queen Alma gets ready to hand over the crown (Image: Christopher Warner)

This time around, departing queen Alma-Aubrey Goodall handed the title and honour to Abigail Hope, who will now make up a small part of history for the Furness town.

The event took place on The Green outside the church, and saw plenty of people congregate in the area to mark the occasion.

One of the standout moments was the procession of the Dalton Town Band, who accompanied Queen Alma in the parade before the secession of her crown.

A historic moment for LindalA historic moment for Lindal (Image: Christopher Warner)

Away from the main event, a raffle and tombola were held, as well as an assortment of games for all ages to ensure that there is a desire in the next generation to keep the gala going in the future.

A special book has been kept since 1962 containing pictures of the queens from each year, with Abigail the latest to join this exclusive group.

The tradition has stood the test of time, only being called off once in 2020, when the Covid-19 Pandemic forced people to remain in their homes.

Gala Queen, Abigail Hope, with mum Claire Hope, sister Darcey Hope, and retiring Gala Queen, Alma Aubrey-GoodallGala Queen, Abigail Hope, with mum Claire Hope, sister Darcey Hope, and retiring Gala Queen, Alma Aubrey-Goodall (Image: Christopher Warner)

With people paying £1 to be a part of the festivities, the money raised through the gala will be going directly to the church to help with general maintenance.

The event has proved to be a fundraising success in the past, such as when it raised over £1000 back in 2021, and members of the church will be hoping that a similar level will have been brought in this year.