Gymnast Jenni from Whaley is in the Olympics

Whaley Bridge gymnast Jenni Pinches is in the Olympics!  The 18-year-old – probably the first Whaley-based Olympian – heard officially that she has made the women’s team on Wednesday, 4 July.

Jenni Pinches, 18, our Whaley Bridge Olympian

It was a long, anxious day for Jenni’s dad Ian and her three younger brothers at home.  When the news was finally confirmed, he said:  Continue Reading →

Is this a good omen from welldressing?

Sport in flower petals: A gymnast and a cyclist on Whaley welldressing

Is this a good omen from Whaley Bridge’s welldressing, on view this week at Tom Brad’s Croft near the canal basin? Clearly seen at the top left of the main board is a gymnast, and below a sport associated with the High Peak, cycling.  Many Olympic stars, based in Manchester, have trained round our hills and winding roads. Continue Reading →

Smile in the rain (It’s good for the Roses!)

Keep smiling and carry on! It's only a bit of rain

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.

WB Band leads parade start. The sun creates shadows in Canal Street

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!

Before the rain: sunny smile from new queen Annabel Grace Wilde

Ice cream before the deluge: Whaley Primary School children

Olympic theme from Taxal and Fernilee Primary School

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