THE annual crowning of the Bagnall Chestnut Queen has taken place amid a blaze of pageantry and colour.
Morgaine Blake, aged 12, of Bagnall, was crowned this year's queen by Mrs Muriel Ahuja, who retired last year from training the Chestnut Queen retinues and organising the ceremony after 10 years service, at the annual Chestnut Queen Fete.
The new queen has lived in Bagnall for the last seven years and until recently she attended Endon Hall Primary School.
A procession from St Chad's Church, Bagnall, was led by piper Chris Hunter from the Black Watch, and visited the chestnut trees on the village green for a blessing ceremony before the Chestnut Queen was crowned in a ceremony that took place in the grounds of the Moorlands Village Hall.
The fete helps to raise funds to maintain the village hall building in School Road, Bagnall and to contribute to its running costs. During the ceremony the retiring Queen, Madeleine, presented a cheque for £1,120 to Nick Maslen, chairman of the Moorlands Village Hall Committee.