Bless you, Blossoms
It’s a royal week, with the naming of the 2012 Alexandra Blossom Festival princesses (page 2) who will grace floats in next Saturday’s parade, and this year’s Senior Queen. Started 17 years ago by Alexandra-Clyde identities Liz Pratt, and her sister-in-law Pam Love and late husband Bluey Love, the Senior Queen pays tribute to women 70 years and over who have contributed to their community. Interviews for contenders to the throne took place on Monday and a blossom queen will be crowned and her attendant announced at a special ceremony at the Alex- andra District Club next Monday. Their first official engagement will be the Blossom Festival Art Exhibition which starts at the Alexandra Community Centre, Skird Street next Wednesday. The longest running event of its kind in New Zealand, and now in its 57th year, the annual festival celebrates the advent of spring, and has become synonymous with the Alexandra district’s orcharding history, with trees bursting forth with blossom in September, to hint at a fruitful summer. During her reign, the Senior Queen will attend the blossom festival parade, take part in a combined church service, go on a garden tour and visit rest homes.
The Darling Buds Of Spring: This year’s contestants for the Alexandra Blossom Festival Senior Queen, which will be decided next Monday. From left, Kay Adam, Edith Staples, Glenys Anderson, Dianne King and Lorraine Jolly.