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Big day for Alice as she becomes Ipstones Agricultural Queen

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Alice Leighton, who will be crowned the 2014/15 Ipstones Agricultural Queen on Saturday.

  • A Simmental bull waiting to strut his stuff in the showring at last year's Ipstones Show.

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HUNDREDS of families are expected to descend on the rural village of Ipstones this weekend for the community's 64th annual agricultural show.

It will also been big day for Alice Leighton. who will be crowned the 2014/15 show queen.

Alice, aged 12, who is the daughter of Andy and Anita Leighton of Ipstones, attends St Edward's Academy in Leek where her favourite subjects are Maths, Science and PE. She also attends Kingsley Holt Girl Guides.

Alice's hobbies are rowing with the North Staffordshire Rowing Club along with ballet, tap and jazz lessons at the Jeanette Corbishley Dance Studio in Leek, where she is currently grade four in ballet and tap and grade two in jazz.

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She has danced in many shows including events at the Rep Theatre in Stoke and a season of pantomime at the Regent Theatre in Hanley.

Alice also has a love of music and plays the flute, currently being at grade four, and also the piccolo.

She presently plays in the Agape Music Group, which is based in St Leonard's Church in Ipstones.

Any spare time she has Alice loves being with her friends and also her dog, Timmy the labrador. Alice said: "I am really looking forward to the show and becoming the agricultural queen.

"It is something I have always wanted to do as I have been a flower girl and attendant to previous queens.

"I hope to hold several charity events during the next year."

Alice's attendants will be Chelsey Burgess-Goring, Sienna Phillips, Katie Bradbury, Katya Wells, Lydia Hine and Nia March.

Chief attendant is Scarlett Phillips, flower girl Elodie Wells and page boy Adam Bradbury.

The agricultural show, on Saturday, August 30, will start with a gymkhana at 9am, which will be followed by the judging of livestock from 10am.

A procession will take place through the village prior to the official opening of the show, which is held at the Recreation Ground off Church Lane, by Richard Bowker CBE at 1pm.

Leading the day's entertainment will be the Stannage International Stunt Team.

There will also be many other attractions including a livestock parade, heavy horses, classic cars, dancing by Ipstones schoolchildren, a horticultural section, a craft tent, dog show and trade stands.

Chairman Graham Watkins said: "There have already been a lot of livestock entries, which include heavy horses, cattle, sheep and goats.

"We are now looking forward to a great show.

"We are very grateful to our regular sponsors and also to the several new ones who have joined us this year.

"Without the support of our sponsors it would be difficult to put on a show."

Caterers will be in attendance at the show along with a licensed bar.

Admission to the event is £6 for adults, £5 for senior citizens, and £2 for children with under fives free.

Car parking is available at £1.

For further information visit www.ipstonesshow.co.uk

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