VIDEO & PICTURES: Blessing of the Wells in Buxton

A highlight of the opening weekend of Buxton Well Dressing Festival, the annual civic parade and blessing of the wells, took place on Sunday.

Residents and festival supporters turned out in the sunshine for the blessing of the town’s three well dressings - the Higher Buxton Well on the Market Place, the Children’s Well in Spring Gardens and St Ann’s Well opposite The Crescent.

Buxton Wells Dressing, the service at St Ann's Well

Buxton Wells Dressing, the service at St Ann's Well

This year’s Market Place Well has a water theme, while the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta is commemorated by the St Ann’s Well board. The Children’s Well has again been designed and produced by students at Buxton Community School.

Earlier, a short service had been held at St Anne’s Church, before a civic procession marched through the town, calling at each well in turn.

Led by Fairfield Band, the procession included local clergy and ministers, High Peak Deputy Mayor Cllr Colin Boynton and retiring festival queen Kelsie Johnson, rosebud Esme Anderson and their retinue.

To view a gallery of pictures by photographer Jason Chadwick, click the link above.

Buxton Wells Dressing, St Ann's Well

Buxton Wells Dressing, St Ann's Well

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