Car­ni­val fever as Rose Queen Fes­ti­val takes over vil­lage

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

PREST­BURY res­i­dents were treated to an ex­plo­sion of mu­sic and colour as the new Rose Queen was crowned at the vil­lage’s an­nual Rose Queen Fes­ti­val.

This year’s ‘Car­ni­val’ themed event was opened by ac­tress Tricia Pen­rose from TV’s Heart­beat, who crowned the proud Rose Queen and Rose Bud.

Tricia was joined by the Deputy Mayor of Mac­cles­field, Coun Bev­er­ley Doo­ley, and chair­man of Prest­bury Par­ish Coun­cil Arthur Dicken.

New Rose Queen Ju­lia Trier and her Rose­bud, Mag­gie Humphreys pa­raded from Prest­bury CE Pri­mary School through the vil­lage, led by Bolling­ton Brass Band and town crier Reg Lord.

Flower girls, crown- bear­ers and vis­it­ing Rose Queens ac­com­pa­nied the colour­fully dressed pro­ces­sion.

A host of lo­cal groups turned out in their fin­ery for the fes­tiv­i­ties too, in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field 201 Air Cadets, the Young Church group – Grid – from St Peter’s Church, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Girl Guides, Brown­ies and Rain­bows.

Prest­bury Youth Pan­tomime As­so­ci­a­tion, the youth club, and dance group Dance at the Smithy, from Bramhall, joined in the fun and all the groups en­sured vis­i­tors were kept en­ter­tained with a va­ri­ety of dis­plays per­formed on the school field.

Brightly coloured cos­tumes, bal­loons and Union Jack flags helped bring the streets alive, along with a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a snow globe, pets’ cor­ner, carousel and house of fun.

Chil­dren also en­joyed the chance to play with felt toys and have their faces painted, while nursery chil­dren and their par­ents showed off their ted­dies they had dressed es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion.

Both adults and chil­dren en­joyed bot­tle and toy tombo­las, dog groom­ing, sponge throw­ing and a se­lec­tion of stalls sell­ing plants, greet­ing cards and books.

And for those guests feel­ing peck­ish there were tasty burg­ers and sausages to tuck into from Prest­bury Farm Shop, ice-cream from Granelli’s, and af­ter­noon teas served in the school hall.

A drinks bar and a spe­cial sum­mery Pimms stall were also avail­able to quench vis­i­tors’ thirst on the day.

Mem­ber of Prest­bury Church Rose Queen Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee Sue Parker said: “The day was highly suc­cess­ful and it was very well at­tended.

“Both the church and the school worked hard to­gether to pro­vide a com­mu­nity event.

“All the lo­cal groups got in­volved too. Ev­ery­one had fun and re­ally en­joyed them­selves.”

Bolling­ton Brass Band and town crier Reg Lord led the Prest­bury Rose Queen pro­ces­sion

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●● The Rose Queen pro­ces­sion leaves Prest­bury School with Rose Queen Ju­lia Trier (front) fol­lowed by Rose­bud Mag­gie Humphreys be­hind in her cer­e­mo­nial cloak

●● New Prest­bury Rose Queen Ju­lia Trier (left) and her Rose­bud, Mag­gie Humphreys

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