Well dressing memories

CELEBRATION: The 1953 Well Dressing Festival Queen's coach, which was magnificently decorated to celebrate the Queen's coronation. Photo contributed.
CELEBRATION: The 1953 Well Dressing Festival Queen's coach, which was magnificently decorated to celebrate the Queen's coronation. Photo contributed.

To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, this week we take a look back at the connections of the Buxton Well Dressing Festival with The Queen.

The then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Buxton Well Dressing Festival in 1949 and an image was used on the 1952 souvenir programme - the year of her accession to the throne.

PICTURE THAT: The 1952 souvenir Buxton Wells Dressing Festival programme, with a picture of the then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh taken during their visit to the festival in 1948. Photo contributed.

PICTURE THAT: The 1952 souvenir Buxton Wells Dressing Festival programme, with a picture of the then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh taken during their visit to the festival in 1948. Photo contributed.

In 1953, to celebrate the Queen’s coronation, the Well Dressing Festival Queen’s coach was magnificently decorated. That year’s Festival Queen was Sheila Kelly, from Burbage.

This year, the Well Dressing Festival includes an historical presentation of images of old Buxton from the extensive collection of Chris Simpson, at the Buckingham Hotel on Tuesday July 10 at 7.30pm. Admission £4.

On Carnival Day, following the excitement of the visit of the Lancaster Bomber last year, an example of a Spitfire fighter will fly over the town.

Once again this will be one of the planes from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight that was last seen at the fly past over Buckingham Palace during the Jubilee weekend.

For more information about this year’s Well Dressing Festival, see www.buxtonwelldressing.co.uk.

l See next week’s Looking Back for more details on the forthcoming presentation of images from old Buxton on July 10.