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Rain can't stop Warslow events

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Warslow gala queen Hannah Rowbotham, aged 13, with her retinue, clockwise from left, Emma Garde, aged eight, Jessica Fox, aged nine, Scarlet Simpson, aged nine, and Isabel Plant aged, aged nine..

  • Crown bearer Elliott Gould, aged 8, carefully hangs on to the gala queen's crown in the procession despite the rain

  • Seen here admiring a 'Muppets' themed display are visitor Debra Tickell and Reverend Annie Ballard.

  • Seen admiring the Muppets themed display are visitor Debra Tickell and Reverend Annie Ballard.

  • The Muppets arrangements at the flower festival

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DESPITE the rain spirits were not dampened when the village of Warslow held its annual gala day on Saturday.

The event starts the annual wakes weeks tradition in the community which also saw the commencement of a four-day flower festival in St Lawrence Church.

Due the weather the crowning of the 2014 gala queen, Miss Hannah Rowbottom, was held in the church.

Hannah was accompanied by her retinue, who all attend Manifold Primary School

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The day began with a procession around the village led by Warslow Silver Band.

Following the crowning ceremony several activities took place at the village hall and grounds.

Organisers had chosen The Wonderful World of Disney as the flower festival theme.

Displays, which had all been designed by local people, included Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Fantasia, The Muppets, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and Jungle Book.

One of the organisers, Emma Gould, said: "Despite the weather, which did improve later in the afternoon, we had a good turnout of people.

"The activities were all able to carry on, but the official crowning of the gala queen was moved into the church due to early afternoon rain.

"Many have commented how effective this was as it brought the gala day and flower festival together."

At the end of the village wakes week it has been the tradition for Warslow Silver Band to play outside The Greyhound pub.

However, Mrs Gould said: "It is not possible to stage the band outside the pub due to it being presently being closed.

"But the gala committee are adamant that traditions should continue and so the wakes finale is being staged at the village hall on Sunday, August 10, at 7.30pm where hot food and home-made desserts are available by ticket only.

"The village hall has now got a license to serve drink and is open on a Sunday evening."

Contact Mrs Gould on 01298 687190 or Suzanne Astle on 01298 84800 to reserve a ticket for the wakes finale event on Sunday.

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