Willaston Village Fete – A Big Success Story!

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The villagers of Willaston turned out in force on Saturday 13th July to support their annual festival.

The procession from the Mike Heywood Green started at 1 o’clock with an open top vintage Bentley carrying the 2013 Rose Queen, Gladys Llewellyn and her Attendants, Rachel Fletcher and Megan Metcalfe.  The procession was led by Crewe Constabulary Band, Scouts of the 26th South West Cheshire Willaston Group and vintage cars, up Wistaston Road and Wybunbury Road, arriving at the gates of the Lettie Spencer playing fields, to be greeted by last year’s Rose Queen Amy Smallman and her attendant Lucy Ann Smith. 

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Amy cut the ribbon to open the event, and welcome people.  Hundreds of local villagers turned out to see the new Rose Queen Gladys crowned by Amy and Miss Grehan, Headmistress of Willaston County Primary School.

Amy then gave a speech thanking Willaston Parish Council for her programme of events during the year, and especially all those who, together with Lucy Ann and Eloise helped to raise an outstanding amount of £3,703.03 for her chosen charity, the One in Eleven appeal for Mid Cheshire hospitals.  Amy said the outstanding event was the Paul Larcombe Elvis Presley night at Willaston Club which alone raised over £2,000.  She concluded by wishing Gladys, Rachel and Megan all the very best for the forthcoming year, hoping they enjoy it as much as she has.

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Following the crowning ceremony, the Willaston School Steel Band played a few numbers, and then there was entertainment in the arena from Rob Challinor and his team with a dog agility demonstration.  VIA dance group performed a few group and individual dances, and there was a display from the Nantwich Freerunners, followed by children’s sports and the tug of war. 

Tea and cakes were served in the St John’s Chapel.  There was free face painting from the Face Painting Queen, a children’s road train giving rides round the field, skittles, coconut shy, hook a duck, bungee trampolines.  Other stalls were Willaston History Group, the Women’s Institute, Willaston Pre-school tombola, RSPCA, Christies Hospital, DEBRA, The Alzheimer’s Society – all of which were fund raising, and between them they exceeded £800 for their activities. 

The organiser, Parish Councillor John M Flackett would like to thank the Village Fete and Rose Queen Committees, and the grounds men for all their support in the running of the event, and a special thank you to the hundreds of people who turned up on the day.

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