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The show goes on at Butterton despite the poor weather

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Taking part in the fancy dress competition are, from left, Mason Parr, Isabelle Parr, Jessica Fox and Ruby Gibbs. Below, members of Butterton WI arrive at the village hall grounds on their float.

  • Members of Butterton WI arrive at the village hall grounds on their float. The WI were commemorating the First World War.

  • New queen Amy Wigglesworth is pictured outside Butterton Church.

  • Amy Wigglesworth and her attendants, sisters Lucy and Ana Shotton brave the weather to take part in a parade around the village

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THE show must go on was the rallying call for villagers in Butterton on Bank Holiday Monday as rain and wind played havoc at the community's annual Wakes Day fete.

The day began with a short service in St Bartholomew's Church conducted by the Rev Anne Ballard, along with the crowning of the new queen Amy Wigglesworth by chairman of the organising group, Melanie Hodgkinson.

Following the service a procession, which included Amy and her attendants along with members of Butterton WI, who were commemorating the First World War, was led by Warslow Silver Band around the streets of the community to the village hall.

Amy, aged 13, had sisters Lucy and Ana Shotton as her attendants. She attends Repton School and enjoys archery, canoeing and hiking as her hobbies.

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She said: "I have always wanted to be a queen since I was very small. This is a dream come true. I now look forward to my year in office."

Melanie Hodgkinson said: "Despite the weather we have had a fantastic turnout. We have had an additional marquee this year which has served us well as many of the stalls have been able to use the facility."

One of the organisers Maggie Risby said the two big marquees had helped to save the event from the weather.

She said: "We have had lots of stalls, Morris dancers, fancy dress and Warslow Silver Band to keep people entertained."

The fancy dress competition was won by Jessica Fox and Ruby Gibbs as bride and groom. Depite the weather organisers are hopeful that a good sum of money has been made, which will be divided between the village hall and Butterton Church.

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