Willaston Diamond Jubilee and Rose Queen Fete

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Although the summer weather wasn’t kind to us, it is fair to say that the Jubilee celebrations and the crowning of the 2012 Rose Queen went extremely well, and everyone had a fabulous time!

Hundreds of people lined the route from Moorfields, where the Rose Queen procession started, to the Lettie Spencer playing fields.  The procession included many beautiful vintage cars, a Routemaster bus, and Willaston Scout Group.

Brian Silvester cut the ribbon to start the fete at 2pm, and the activities began.

Our 2012 Diamond Jubilee Rose Queen, Amy Smallman was crowned by Mrs Silvester, attended by Eloise Blake and Lucy Smith.  It was a bit wet and windy for their lovely dresses and shoes, but they smiled through it all, and they were all spotted later wearing their wellies under their finery!

There were lots of entrants for the children’s races, which echoed the Coronation programme of events from 1952 – egg and spoon, sack race, three legged races etc.  All the winners were worthy of their certificates after all their efforts, especially as they were a little damp and the track was slippery!

The tug of war was a crowd event, with rather ‘flexible’ teams.  Village against scouts to begin with, and then.... who knows!  The eventual winners of the trophy were Willaston Club.

The WI provided much needed tea and cakes in the hall, and the tombola and raffle raised a total of £335 between them. 

Next year’s fete organisation will begin on 3rd September, with a meeting at the Horseshoe pub at 7.30 pm.  If you have any fund raising ideas, or would like to help organise the fete, please come along on the evening.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Diamond Jubilee Rose Queen Fete Committee

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