Young royals help to turn fete into a major hit
MORE than 1,000 people flocked to a busy Wildboarclough Rose Queen fete.
Organisers say the event was the most successful in years when the communities of Wildboarclough and Macclesfield Forest came together for the annual fete at Crag Hall Gardens by permission of the Earl and Countess of Derby.
The sun shone for the procession which included retiring rose queen Francesca Curtis and rose bud Jodie Dean and this year’s rose queen Emily Etches with attendants Willow Kidd, Emily Henshaw, Laura Kidd, George Belfield and Jack Kidd. The crowds watched 86 runners in the annual fell race from Crag Hall to Shutlingsloe and back, won by current record holder and last year’s winner Simon Bailey. Attractions included a dog show, donkey rides and children’s races and the crowds were entertained by Macclesfield Junior Brass Band through the afternoon.
Rachel Stones, from the event, said: “Wildboarclough was delighted to welcome queens and attendants from other parishes. The fete was a resounding success and had all the trappings of a quintessential English countryside event.”
●● The royals and their attendants gather for the annual Wildboarclough Rose Queen Fete in the spectacular setting of Crag Hall Gardens
●● Record holder Simon Bailey was once again the winner of the fell race