Hundreds turn out for fete
WILDBOARCLOUGH and Ma c c l e s f i e l d Forest communities welcomed more than 1,000 visitors to the annual Wildboarclough Queen Fete.
They celebrated in the spectacular Crag Hall Gardens with a rose queen procession, annual fell race, pet show and a host of family attractions, plus music from Macclesfield Youth Brass Band.
The procession began on the hall’s lawns with the Wildboarclough entourage led by Union Jack Flag Bearer Jason Curtis, followed by retiring rose queen Isabella Waller and retiring rose bud Emily Henshaw, with Francesca Curtis crowned as the new queen, along with new rosebud Jodie Dean.
Francesca’s attendants were Libby Binder and Laura Kidd with rose bud Jodie attended by Barnaby and Phoebe Binder.
The crowd – including the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne – then watched as runners attempted the fell race up to the top of Shutlingsloe and back.
Simon Bailey beat off 91 other runners for the second year with a time of 15 minutes and 35 seconds.
Rachel Stones, organiser, said: “Despite the weather everyone really got into the spirit – it was a really good turnout.”
●● Rose queen Francesca Curtis with Libby Binder and Laura Kidd
Alex Smith, eight, who won the race for under-10s and fell run winner Simon Bailey
●● Rose Bud Jodie Dean with Barnaby and Phoebe Binder
●● There were plenty of spectators as runners tackled the fell race course
●● Rose queens from across the borough were invited to join in the event
●● Chancellor George Osborne at the coconut shy
●● Will Dean, six, at Loui’s Laundry