Rose Queen volunteers get together this Thursday

Volunteers who came forward at Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival’s ‘save the carnival’ meeting last month meet for the first time at 7.30pm on Thursday (19 Nov) in the Bowling Club.

Up to 17 local residents stepped forward to indicate support for the existing committee, many of whom wish to give up after years of service.

Vice chairman John Barnes said: “We were delighted with the response. Anyone who wishes to come to the latest meeting to offer their help is most welcome.”

The Rose Queen Festival, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in the summer, has raised thousands of pounds over the years for local youth charities.

Over £1,500, collected at the carnival in June, will be distributed to youth organisations at a presentation evening in the Bowling Club on Friday 11 December. There will be a Christmas disco for youngsters at the same time, from 6-8.30pm.

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