Young roy­als help to turn fete into a ma­jor hit

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

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

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