Well dressings take pride of place

Well dressing at Edale Road, Hope

Well dressing at Edale Road, Hope

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Eye-catching works of art made from flower petals, leaves and other natural resources have made Hope a well-dressed village for its Wakes week.

The Market Place well, designed by Peter Mummery, depicts the biblical text “Let your light so shine before men” and refers to the spirit of the Olympics.

Well dressing at church in Hope

Well dressing at church in Hope

Edale Road’s well was designed by the Greenan family on a Jubilee theme, with a familiar image of the Queen based on her postage stamp portrait, surrounded by symbols of her authority.

Hope Primary School’s well, designed and worked by children and volunteers at the school, takes an Olympic theme and features three colourful medals.

Hope Valley College chose a design by Alfie Hulbert of Year 7 for their well, with a simple running figure representing our “Olympic Heritage”.

Each well was formally blessed on Sunday evening by members of the Valley’s inter-denominational clergy, accompanied by the Castleton Silver Band, Hope’s new royalty and a good crowd of onlookers.

Primary School well at Hope

Primary School well at Hope

Wakes Week began on Saturday with a day of events which failed to be spoiled by the weather.

Royalty from Hope and further afield gathered on the sports field with floats and fancy dress competitors to take part in the procession around the village led by Sports Club officials and accompanied by the Castleton Silver Band and Burbage Brass Band.

A pair of Peter Eyre’s Brough Shires carried Hope’s retiring royalty in a decorated dray, and royalty elect and special guests travelled in Neil Ibbotson’s two Classic Morris Oxford cars. With some help, floats from the village including Hope Pre-School, HADIT, the parish Litter-Pickers and The Woodroffe Arms, escaped the mud on the field to join the procession.

After touring the village, participants returned to the field for entertainments, presentations and for the crowning of the new royalty by special guest Kathy-Ann Harrison, herself a former Hope Wakes Queen. Retiring royals, Queen Shannon, Junior Queen Jasmine, Princess Eleanor and Rosebud Courtney relinquished their tiaras to Queen Yelda, Junior Queen Jasmine, Personality Princess Daisy, Princess Temika and Rosebud Olivia.

Hope Valley College well

Hope Valley College well

The afternoon drew to a close with a performance in the marquee by children’s entertainer Andy the Clown.

Photos by Peter Mummery.

Hope Wakes royalty 2012

Hope Wakes royalty 2012