FOLLOWING last year’s rain the sun shone out for the community of Butterton on Bank Holiday Monday when they held their annual Wakes Day fete.
The day began with a short service in St Bartholomew’s Church which was conducted by the Reverend Anne Ballard.
Following the service a procession – which included the retiring queen Lucy Tagg and her retinue, a children’s fancy dress float and members of Butterton WI dressed as Cats – took place around the streets of the community led by Warslow Silver Band, to the village hall and grounds.
Opening the event were Nick and Yvonne Pope, representing Wetton and Alstonefield Community First Responders.
Mr Pope said: “We would like to thank the committee for asking us to open the Wakes Day fete as it is an honour. The community is the thing I most remember when we moved to the village eight years ago.
“We knew no-one but thanks to the many groups we soon got to know people.
“There are a lot of groups in the village which are all run by volunteers including the parish council, church council, action group, kids group and the first responders.
“There is always the opportunity for people to get involved in the community.”
Retiring Queen Lucy Tagg raised £600 during her reign of office.
Lucy is to donate £400 to the air ambulance and £200 to the church bells appeal.
The 14-year-old, who attends Leek High School, was accompanied by her attendants Emma Grindey, Amy Hallam, Ruby Gibbs and page boy William Tagg.
Lucy said: “I have really enjoyed the past year. Also, I have enjoyed raising money for good causes as we have held a fashion show and cake stall.”
The committee had, however, been unable to appoint a new queen for the current year, due to a lack of youngsters coming forward for the role.
There were numerous stalls and games situated all around the field and hall.
This year for the first time the committee had erected a large marquee in the hall grounds for additional stallholders and band.
The children’s fancy dress competition was won by 11-year-old Joe Gibbs as Fantastic Mr Foxy, second were members of the Parr family, Mason, aged 5, Alexander, aged 4, and Isabelle, aged one, who were dressed as pirates.
Following the fete the village staged an After Wakes Barn Dance and barbecue with Cuckoos Nest at the village hall.