Wisbech rose to the occasion for another fantastic Rose Fair and parade

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Having been involved with Rose Fair on many different levels, it gave me great pleasure on Saturday, together with MP Steve Barclay, the mayor and mayoress and the deputy mayor, to judge the floats in 54th Rose Fair parade.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Rose fair, 2015. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Judging gave me a whole new appreciation of the time and effort organisations put into participating in our parade.

The theme, of “animated film”, gave scope for such a colourful display. It made the judging difficult decision as all floats were of a high standard.

I hope everyone who took part felt winners by just attending. You should. The weather was glorious and we had a wonderful carnival atmosphere.

All the participants spend many hours creating their floats, in order to collect donations for Wisbech Round Table.

First place went to the Angles Theatre (Frozen), with highly commended for Thomas Clarkson Academy (Lion King) and junior winner Windmill Child Care (Monsters Inc). LJ Dance Group was judged the best street act.

In addition to those who won I would like to make a special runner-up mention of West Walton Primary School (101 Dalmatians) and King’s Lynn Samba Band.

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Both Elisha Thorpe, the Rose Queen, and the Round Table, would also like to thank Jude, of the Cutting Rooms in Hill Street, for making her look even more beautiful than she already is (Elisha that is, not the Round Tablers – they are beyond even her skills!)

Young Romantics donated the beautiful dresses for Elisha and her two princesses, Rebecca Hall and Jessica Snape.

Carol Faulkner, of Young Romantics, also participates as the Chapter Queen of the ‘Gadabout Girls’ Red Hat Society who have been entering a float for many years. Great effort ladies!

There would not be a parade but for the generosity of the hauliers, who provide the lorries for the floats, and the drivers who give their time. So thank you to: Ken Thomas, KGB, Brett’s, ABS, Ceva and Fenland Haulage.

The money collected during the Parade will be distributed, in the next 12 months, to local worthy community organisations and to deserving individuals. If anyone wants to contact us, simply e-mail us on wisbechrt@gmail.com


Chairman, Wisbech Round Table