PICTURE GALLERY: Well dressed for a week of festival fun

2011 Buxton Well Dressing Queen, Danielle Thurlow is crowned by Jean Bentley who was herself queen in 1965
2011 Buxton Well Dressing Queen, Danielle Thurlow is crowned by Jean Bentley who was herself queen in 1965

Buxton’s ever-popular Wells Dressing Festival got underway at the weekend with the blessing of the wells and the crowning of this year’s royalty.

A civic procession including High Peak Mayor and Mayoress Cllr David Lomax and his wife Hilary, clergy, ministers and the 2010 Wells Dressing Festival retinue, including Queen Amy Totton, made their way from St Anne’s Church through the town to bless the wells.

Accompanied by Fairfield Band they went to the Market Place Well, The Children’s Well and on to St Ann’s Well with a short service held at each.

From there attention turned to St John’s Church where the 2011 Royalty, Queen Danielle Thurlow and Rosebud Keira Sweetmore, were crowned.

Sunday’s events mark the start of a week of activities.

Still to come:

Today (Friday): Illustrated Walk, starting at 10.30am outside Buxton Opera House; and Car Treasure Hunt from 7pm, starting at St Ann’s Well, The Crescent.

Saturday - Carnival Day: Children’s Rides from 10am, Pavilion Gardens; Live Street Music from noon, bottom of The Slopes; Live Local Band Concert, 1pm at Portland Hotel, St John’s Road; Lancaster Bomber Fly Past between 1.50pm-2pm over Buxton Town Centre; Buxton Carnival Day Road Race, 1.50pm starting in New Wye Street; Carnival Parade from 2pm; Parade of Festival Queens at 4pm, Pavilion Gardens; Duck Race at 4.30pm, Pavilion Gardens; Promenade Entertainment from 4pm, Promenade, Pavilion Gardens; Rock Concert in the Crescent, 5pm The Crescent.

Sunday: Pairs Bowling Competition, 10am at Fairfield Conservative Club; Burbage Band Anniversary Concert, 12.30pm at The Crescent; Pet Show, 2pm at the Pavilion Gardens.

Every day until Monday: Fun Fair on the Market Place.