Whaley Bridge ready for Rose Queen Festival

WHALEY Bridge’s Rose Queen Festival organisers, buoyed with many new ideas, are looking forward to what it hopes will be one of its best carnivals in years.

The main day is Saturday, June 30, with the new ‘royalty’ arriving on the Judith Mary at the Canal Basin at 1pm for the start of the procession and parade round the town at 2pm.

The crowning ceremony at the Bowling Club will take place later in the afternoon, with a full display by The Northenden Piped Band, fairground rides, climbing wall, stalls, entertainment and refreshments.

The new Rose Queen is Annabel Grace Wilde, 12, five-year old Amelia Carden-Howe is the attendant with Carys Thater, eight, Princess. Jessica Carter, seven, and her sister Millie, five, and Harriet Carden-Howe, three, have all joined the Royal group as Petal Throwers along with Mackenzie Thornely, six as Crown Bearer.

The Rose Queen Committee would like to publicly thank the Bowling Club for all their help and assistance in allowing the use of their facilities, and also the public for their support.

Dates at a glance

Saturday June 30: Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival. Full itinerary in the centre of the official Programme.

Sunday July 1: 10.30am Royalty visit Holy Trinity Church; 2.30pm Welldressing Blessing at the Canal Basin; 3.30pm Outdoor concert by Whaley Bridge Brass Band, at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club.

Monday July 2: 6.45pm Royalty visit Cromford Court. Display by Chapel Morris Dancers at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club, 8pm.

Wednesday 4 July: 6.30pm Annual Pet Show, Bowling Club, Book in with your pet and completed form from 6pm.