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PICTURES SLIDESHOW Leek & Moorlands Carnival Queen event 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Jessica's grandmother Celia Oakden has made the dresses for the Leek and Moorlands Queens for the past 25 years.

  • Pictured is Stevie Mae-Swindles from Leek enjoying the celebrations Brief: Leek & Moorlands Carnival A CARNIVAL day will be taking place in the Staffordshire Moorlands this weekend. The Leek & Moorlands Carnival Queen event will take place on Saturday (July 19) from 1pm. The procession, which will include a host of visiting queens and their retinues, will start at 1pm from Ball Haye Recreational Grounds in Leek and make it?s way across Queens Drive, Abbots Road, down Westminster Drive, past the recreational grounds again before heading up Novi Lane to St Paul?s Church Centre for the crowning of this year?s Leek & Moorlands Queen Jessica Frost. Category: news Reporter: Belinda (01538 392237 - 07941 806986) Date: Saturday July 19 Time: 1pm onwards

  • Pictured centre is newly crowned Leek & Moorlands Queen Jessica Frost.

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The parade for a carnival event had to be cancelled due to wet weather.

However, the cancellation of the procession for the Leek & Moorlands Carnival Day on Saturday did not dampen spirits for the remainder of the community event, which took place inside St Paul's Church Centre in Novi Lane, Leek.

The event still saw a number of visiting queens and their retinues take part in a competition, and a host of activities were still on offer for families.

Celia Oakden, who is on the Leek & Moorlands Carnival Queen Committee, said: "It went well considering the weather, which was pretty atrocius.

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"We did have to cancel the parade, which was a shame for all the floats which had been prepared beautifully.

"We also had to cancel the bouncy castle, but were able to move all the other activities into St Paul's Church. We were lucky in that we have that venue to use."

The visiting queens included Haregate Community Queen, Ipstones Agricultural Queen, Cheddleton Carnival Queen and the Solo Queen from Brown Edge.

The activities included a variety of stalls and side shows, along with refreshments of beef burgers and ice creams.

Celia, who has been making the dresses for the Leek & Moorlands Carnival Queen for the past 25 years, had a proud day on Saturday as she watched her own grand-daughter, Jessica Frost, being crowned as this year's Queen.

Celia said: "Jessica looked absolutely beautiful and I am very proud of her."

Celia's daughter, and Jessica's mum, Claire Milward, added: "I would like to say thank you to all the committee and family for all their hard work.

"It was an emotional day and I am so proud of my daughter and the retinue, as well as retiring queen Kia.

"So a huge thank you to each and everyone of you."

The winners for the Queen and Retinue competitions on the day were:

Queen and Retinue: first, Ipstones Agricultural Queen Olivia; second, Haregate Community Queen Sophie; and third, Cheddleton Carnival Queen Leanne.

Solo Queen: Brown Edge Carnival Queen Molly.

Steve Povey Trophy: first, Lydia of Ipstones; second, Harley Jade of Buxton.

Flower Girl: First, Ellie from Ipstones; second, Maddie from Cheddleton; and third, Ruby from Haregate.

Page Boy: First, Adam from Ipstones; second, Dylan from Cheddleton; and third, Harry from Haregate.

Also on Saturday, retiring Leek & Moorlands Carnival Queen, 12-year-old Kia Young, not only handed over her crown to Jessica, but also handed over the funds of £2,000, she had raised during her 'regal' year, to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

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