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Buxton Well Dressing Festival 2018 - blessing of the wells in pictures

Buxton resident took to the streets for the ‘grand occasion’ of the annual blessing of the wells ceremony.

The long-standing tradition saw a large crowd gather as Fairfield Band led a parade or civic leaders, clergy and members of the public through the streets on Sunday afternoon to visit each of the town’s well dressing.

The Rev Keith Cocking blesses St Ann's Well

The Rev Keith Cocking blesses St Ann's Well

The Reverend Keith Cocking, who led the blessing service, said: “It all went really well and the weather certainly helped to draw people to the blessing and join in with the procession afterwards.

“It really is a grand occasion for the town.”

This year the route was changed and the length of the blessings at each well were shortened. Mr Cocking said this was well received by those taking part.

He said: “The idea of the wells blessing is to give thanks for the gift of water.

“This town has been built up around its water so it is important to take a moment to remember that, and the church is still such an integral part of the thanks.”

The event started at 2pm near the Market Place Well, before moving on to the Children’s Well in Spring Gardens and then to the St Anne’s Well.

For the first time, a board has also gone on display in the refurbished Pump Room.

Mr Cocking added: “The volunteers who decorate the boards are so dedicated and I’m always impressed with the end result. They have done a wonderful job.”

Following the blessing, the crowning of the 2018 Buxton Well Dressing Festival queen, Phoebe Mitchell, took place at St John’s Church by retiring committee president Arthur Packham.