Glorious weather greeted the crowds attending Buxton Well Dressing Festival’s traditional blessing of the wells celebrations on Sunday.
Retiring Festival Queen Lauren-May Lomas and her retinue accompanied ministers, clergy and local dignitaries, including High Peak Mayor Tony Kemp, took part in the age-old service, the prequel to this Saturday’s carnival.
The parade, led by the Fairfield Band, attracted large crowds as it wound its way from Higher Buxton to Spring Gardens and on to the Crescent, blessing in turn the Market Place Well, the Children’s Well and St Ann’s Well.
After the blessings, the parade moved off to St John’s Church where the crowning of the 2013 Festival Queen Katelyn Mycock, Personality Queen Tamara Jade Lacey and Rosebud Molly Olivia Voigt took place, with pageboy Jayden Kirk and attendants Alana May Ryan, Bella Anderson, Lily Bethan Colley and Sally-Anne Bowyer also taking part. The crowning was conducted by the Principal of Buxton and Leek College, Len Tildsley.
Festival events have continued throughout this week, leading up to Saturday’s carnival, with the parade starting at 2pm from Buxton railway station.
At 3.55pm there will be a fly-past by a Dakota DC-3 from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Following the carnival, there will be further events in the Pavilion Gardens, including the Parade of Queens and a free community concert of live music featuring local bands and musicians from 5pm.
On Sunday, Burbage Bowling Club will host a pairs competition from 10am, while at 2.30pm the Buxton Carnival football tournament will commence at the Silverlands, featuring Buxton Town FC, Cote Heath FC, Blazing Rag FC and a select Buxton XI.
A special church service will be held at St Anne’s Church, on Bath Road, at 6pm, while Sunday also marks the final day of the Festival Fair on the Market Place.
A full programme of events is listed in the 2013 Well Dressing souvenir programme, priced £1, which is available from Buxton Tourist Information Centre and local shops.