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Ten children from more than 5,000 miles away in South Africa were amongst the more than 200 taking part in this year's Goostrey Rose Festival on Saturday 24 June where 13-year-old Abigail Burgess was crowned queen.

This was the fifth time in fifteen years that pupils from the Elizabethfontein school in the Western Cape have visited Goostrey and taken part in the annual Rose Day celebrations.

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Large crowds lined Main Road to watch the procession, which was made up of a series of floats and walking groups led by a steam traction engine driven by Terry and Des Bostock.

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Abigail, who was crowned in front of last year's queen Charlotte Harvey,

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was accompanied by her three attendants: Rebecca Main; Mika Mizunoue and Evie Thirlwell.

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During the Rose Queen's traditional visit to the war memorial at St Luke's Church prayers were said for Nell Jones who died in the Manchester bombing and Freya Lewis who is still in hospital.

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The Rose Bud Queen was Molly Withe and her lady in waiting was Rosie Gyurkovits. There were three attendants: Tiah Mills; Libby Hammond and Hannah Gray.

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This year's Rose Day President Martin Leake has lived in Goostrey for more than 30 years and has been involved in many community activities, including helping to organise Rose Day. The MC was Dave Giles who kept the proceedings going in his own unique way.

The Gold and Silver Queens, the Rose Queens from 50 and 25 years ago, again took part in this year's event. Fifty years ago, the Rose Queen was Alison Schofield (now Rawlinson) and in 1992 the star of the show was Kathryn Palmer (now Johnson). The Crown Bearer from 1967 Michael Mccartney also took part in the procession.

The Tug of War competition was won by the Tugonauts who beat Ashcrofts 2-0 in the final but they could not beat an impromptu team made up of the children in a special one-off tug.

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The Jon Lee Cup for the best decorated children's float went, for the second year running, to Under the Sea. Cops and Robbers won the best decorated banner and the best community float went to Budge's Extravaganza - a one man effort by the Rose Queen's father Dave Burgess. The best visiting queen's car went to Middlewich.

The Rose Festival Bowl, awarded for the best single Rose of any variety, exhibited in a container of the competitors own choice, was won by Beryl Cooper.

The Luke Brothers Trophy, for the three roses of one or more varieties, went to Ayleen Jarvis.

The Chairman's Vase, awarded for an arrangement of garden flowers, was won by Jill Whailing and the Hodgson Cup, for a table arrangement including at least one rose, was won by Ann Turnock.

The Edward Simpson Cup, for the best flower arrangement of garden flowers in a jam jar by a child under eight, went to Noah Hemming and the Jim Schofield Memorial Cup for the best garden flowers in a jam jar by a child aged 8-11 went to Tom Pochin.

The children's competition of a cardboard sculpture on a plate was won by Millie Jeavons in the Under 8's category and the 8-11 class was by taken by Cedric Landau.

The Goostrey Rose Festival Craft Plate was introduced for the first time this year for knitting, crochet and needlework. The competition was won by Sarah Greene but the other entries from Ann Sturman; Sue Loft; Lorraine Bernard; Carole Ford; Mandy Padley; Emma Shanahan and Dee Smith were praised by the judge for their high standard and diversity.

The day was rounded off by a Ceilidh in the marquee on the school field which was attended by around 160 revellers.

On Sunday, a special service was held at St Luke's Church where the children were encouraged to attend wearing their Rose Day costumes.

Chair of the Rose Day committee Christina Burgess said: "We were so pleased to have shared our special day with the visitors from South Africa whose dancing added so much to the spectacle."

"Rose Day is a traditional village event and yet again it was a great success but it would not have been possible without all the hard work put in by the committee and countless other volunteers."

Best Wishes

Christina Burgess