Over 100 children, with parents and grandparents, enjoyed the annual Christmas disco put on by the Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival committee as ‘a thank you to the town from the committee’.
Most of the money collected in buckets during the 40th carnival last June – just under £1,500 – was distributed to youth-linked organisations in the area. Committee chairman Tim Mourne said about £40,000 had been distributed back into local organisations over the last 40 years.
Martin Thomas, Chair of Whaley Bridge Town Council, presented grants to these organisations:
Buxworth School, library books; 1st Taxal Scouts, tent pegs and groundsheets; Babies and Toddlers, sensory toys; 1st Whaley Guides, storage for camping equipment; 2nd Whaley Rainbows, identification clothes; T & T Parents and Friends, outdoor play equipment; Whaley training band; Whaley Parish, resources for ‘messy church’; Todbrook Sailing Club, junior sailing; Well Dressing, junior boards; Footsteps youth group.
In addition, special donations were made to the Billerettes of Buxton for their charity and the organisers of the Battle of Britain memorial flight.
Young people who answered the Rose Queen’s recent SOS for new supporters helped with the disco in the Bowling Club. Children’s parents made an evening of it, watching the dancing and games over a glass of wine or beer.
One great grandfather, 76 year old Albert Warrington, who helps as a marshal at the annual carnival, amazed his grandson Charlie, two, by dancing to the 70s song YMCA. Charlie had come to the disco with his grandad Paul.
The Rose Queen annual general meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Monday 18 January in the Bowling Club.