Smiling in the rain: It’s been a summer where people have had plenty of practice. At first, Whaley Bridge’s 36th Rose Queen Festival seemed to have escaped the 2012 summer curse.
As the procession began, led by Whaley Bridge Brass Band, the sun still shone, with shadows on Canal Street. By the time they were onto Market Street, the showers began and didn’t really end until the parade was over. The wind was strong enough to blow a visiting queen’s umbrella inside out. The band and walking parties returned soaked from the parade, the runners in the Whaley Waltz fell race even more soaked, but the spirit of Whaley Bridge could not be extinguished. Two hours after the parade began, the sun was out again. There’s always another year!
The Rose Queen Festival this week includes:
Sunday 1 July –
Royalty at Holy Trinity Church, 10.30am
Well-dressing blessing, Canal Basin, 2.30pm
WB Brass Band concert, Bowling Club, 3.30pm
Monday 2 July
Chapel Morris dancers, Bowling Club, 8pm
Wed 4 July
Annual pet show, Bowling Club from 6.30pm
Whaley Waltz result:
Winner Simon Bailey, Macclesfield
Runner up Lloyd Taggart, Isle of Man. (Taggart, despite the TV cop show, is a Manx, not a Scots name)