Fun for all at Whaley Bridge Rose Queen

Organisers of Whaley Bridge Rose Queen are hoping for good weather for this weekend’s annual event.

The festivities begin on Saturday, when this year’s royalty - Queen Annabel Grace Wilde, Princess Amelia Carden-Howe, Petal Harriet Carden-Howe and Attendant Carys Thater - will arrive at the canal basin at 1pm.

An hour later, the parade will leave from Canal Street, winding its way through the town before finishing at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club where the field events will take place.

Field events will include a flypast by an RAF Spitfire, the crowning ceremony, displays by The Billerettes, the Northenden Pipe Band and the Davyhulme Scout Band, fairground rides, various stalls and entertainment.

Judging of shops, lamp posts, houses and pubs will take place on Saturday from 10am onwards. The judging of fancy dress takes place at 12.30pm on Saturday and the judging of Queen’s floats, cars and trailers is also on Saturday, at 12.45pm.

On Sunday, the fun continues with the Well Dressing Blessing at the canal basin at 2.30pm before Whaley Bridge Brass Band perform an open air concert at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club at 3.30pm.

On Monday July 1, the Whaley Bridge Royalty will visit Cromford Court and Chapel Morris Men and guest dancers will entertain locals and visitors from Whaley Bridge’s twin town Tymbark at the bowling club at 8pm.

The annual pet show, again arranged by Fernmoss Pet Supplies, will take place on Wednesday at the bowling club. Booking opens at 6pm with the judging at 6.30pm prompt, 50p per class.

On Friday, a treasure hunt is taking place, starting from the bowling club at 6.30pm. Entry is £3 per sheet and prizes will be given on the night.

And on Sunday July 7, a family fun sports day is taking place at Whaley Bridge Football Field starting at noon.

Tony Mackey, President of Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival Committee, said: “The committee has increased in numbers again this year and the new members are full of ideas and commitment for new events, most of which will be inclusive for the family.”