A replica First World War tank and a flypast by an RAF Hurricane fighter were among the highlights of Saturday’s Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival celebrations.
The tank, constructed out of plywood by Kelsa Truck Products employee Saul Parry and Hope Valley College work experience student James Davies, was manned by Buxworth Primary School pupils in Saturday’s parade and towed along by a vintage steamroller.
The Hawker Hurricane, meanwhile, roared over the bowling club arena, just as the Billerettes finished their show. Applause was drowned out by the Rolls Royce Merlin engine, as the famous fighter from the RAF Memorial Flight made three passes over the town.
Festival chairman Tim Mourne said: “We were delighted to be able to make these two gestures at this time of national memories. I loved the tank.
“Overall, the carnival was a success - we could have done with some sun, but at least it didn’t rain on our parade.”
Outgoing rose queen Annabel Wilde, 14, missed her farewell party through illness, and the parade was led by Princess Amelia Carden-Howe, 12, supported by her sister Harriet.
Looking ahead to 2015 and the 40th anniversary of the modern rose queen festival, Mr Mourne added: “We want to make next year really special.
“Thanks to the committee, the volunteers and all who supported us.
“A big thank-you to the British Caving Association for loaning us their artificial cave. It was very popular with youngsters. We definitely want it for next year.”