400 join the fun for Rose Queen fete
MORE than 400 people came out for the Prestbury Rose Queen Festival on Saturday.
The traditional parade saw Mairie Florence, 15, from Prestbury, crowned as Rose Queen and Isobel Speake as Rose Bud.
The procession was followed by a host of family entertainment including music from Macclesfield Junior Brass Band, dancers from Bramhall’s Dance at the Smithy school, a house of fun and a snow dome.
Sue Parker, social chairwoman of St Peter’s Church in the village, who organises the Prestbury CE Primary School event, said: “We were so lucky with the weather. It was wet in the morning but the rain stopped about one o’clock just in time for the procession. It was a great turnout.”
There were sausages and burgers from Prestbury Farm Shop, a beer tent and a Pimms stall, while children enjoyed a penalty shoot-out and hook a duck games. There was also a colour run organised by the Young Church and teenage group The Grid with a friendly fire from guns shooting coloured powder as they raced in white T-shirts. Sue laughed: “It got out of hand well before the run, I’ve never seen anything like it!”
●● One of the colour powder fights. Below: Tom Sauerbier, five, after eating chocolate ice cream
●● Rose Queen Mairie Florence with flower girls Darcey Pettener and Amelia Yoxall