Buxton royalty crowning a family affair for Lilly-Anne

Buxton Wells Dressing, 2015 queen Lilly-Anne Owen is crowned by her grandmother the 1965 queen Mary-Louise Johnston
Buxton Wells Dressing, 2015 queen Lilly-Anne Owen is crowned by her grandmother the 1965 queen Mary-Louise Johnston

Sunday’s crowning ceremony was something of a family affair for new Buxton Well Dressing Festival Queen Lilly-Anne Owen.

The 15-year-old St Thomas More School pupil, who has taken over the reins from retiring queen Kelsie Johnson, was crowned during a service at St John’s Church.

Buxton Wells Dressing, 2015 queen Lilly-Anne Owen with her retinue, Bessie Morris, Poppy Blackley, Phoebe Sherwin, Chloe Howe, William Austin and Joshua Owen

Buxton Wells Dressing, 2015 queen Lilly-Anne Owen with her retinue, Bessie Morris, Poppy Blackley, Phoebe Sherwin, Chloe Howe, William Austin and Joshua Owen

Crowning duties were reserved for guest of honour Mary-Louise Johnston - Lilly-Anne’s grandmother who previously served as a Buxton festival queen in 1965.

Fairfield Endowed Junior School pupil Bessie Morris, 8, has taken over the role of rosebud.

Supporting the festival royalty will be Burbage Primary School pupils Poppy Fleur Blackley, 9, as senior attendant, Phoebe Marie-Anne Sherwin, 7, and Chloe Olivia Howe, 7, as junior attendants.

William Austin, 6, from Harpur Hill Primary School, and Joshua Owen, 5, a pupil at St Anne’s Primary School, take on the roles of pageboy.

Buxton Wells Dressing, 2015 queen Lilly-Anne Owen

Buxton Wells Dressing, 2015 queen Lilly-Anne Owen

The crowning ceremony was followed by a reception, attended by the High Peak’s deputy mayor and members of the festival committee.

A busy week lies ahead for the new festival royalty, with members touring local hospitals, nursing homes and sheltered accommodation.

Queen Lilly-Anne will also be presenting trophies to the winners in the premises competition classes on Tuesday, officially open the funfair on the Market Place on Wednesday at 5pm, and start the Carnival Road Race on Saturday.

The royalty will then have the honour of leading the Buxton Carnival procession, and host a parade of visiting queens at the Pavilion Gardens.

Photos by Jason Chadwick. To order pictures, call 0330 123 0203, email photosales@jpress.co.uk or visit wilfrededmunds.newsprints.co.uk/banr/BATC

For more information, and to download entry forms for the July 11 carnival, visit www.buxtonwelldressing.co.uk.

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