Hun­dreds turn out for fete

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

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.

Rose

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.”

Pic­tures by Andy Lam­bert

●● 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

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●● 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

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