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No parade but Haregate Community Queen Carnival is still great day

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

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AN ANNUAL carnival day has been hailed a success despite its parade being cancelled due to torrential downpours.

Ashlie-Mai Hulse was crowned the new Haregate Community Queen at the event at the new Haregate CommunityCentre in Queens Drive, Leek, on Saturday, August 2.

Organiser Heather Dunn-Fox said: "It was a great day with lots of competitions like best scarecrow on route, which was still judged although we had to cancel the parade due to the bad weather.

"The winner was Natasha Bourne of 27 Queens Drive with her Spiderman scarecrow; second was The Priory with Zorro; third was Mrs Chrissie Birks of Ball Haye Green, who had old Mother Hubbard with her dog; and fourth was Cory Greenfield of Haregate Road who had Tinman with his heart.

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"Best decorated mobility scooter was Mrs Chrissie Birks as Scottish Terrier, second was Maggie Livingstone as Flower Power, and third was Christine Knight.

"Adult fancy dress winner was Maggie Livingstone as Flower Power and runner-up was Mrs Birks as Scottish Terrier.

"Children's fancy dress winner was Jayden Lovatt as Thomas The Tank Engine Fat Controller.

"Glamorous Granny winner was Mrs Chrissie Birks.

"There were no entrants for the Knobbly Knees competition.

"All entrants to every competition got a medal with an engraving on saying thank you for entering from Haregate Community Group.

"Ashli-Mae looked lovely and her charity will be Love4Leah; Jane Leah's mum came and spoke and gave each girl in the new retinue a bracelet which they will wear at every carnival and special events.

"We all feel deeply about this cause as we all know someone affected by cancer.

"I myself had a nine-year-old brother who died from leukaemia in 1971, and of course a good friend Steve Povey.

"We raised £340 so it was a very good fun day.

"Forthcoming events are on August 21 a sponsored walk to Tittesworth Reservoir, and a free picnic lunch and drink for all who accompany us.

"Meet at Ball Haye Green recreation ground at 10am, all are welcome to help this good cause and sponsor forms are available from me.

"On August 22 there will be a fun day at St Paul's Church in Novi Lane from 11am until 3pm with lots going on.

"On August 31 it is our annual dog show. We are also looking at a date for our yearly Blackpool trip so we hope to raise lots of money this year."

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