FENLANDER: Whittlesey gears up for ‘best ever’ Festival

TWO children who were among the stars of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Whittlesey will again be in the spotlight at the town’s annual festival on Sunday.

Chloe Sperryn, aged 11, and six-year-old Callum Knowles were the winners of a Jubilee Prince and Princess competition held in May. Now they are set to be at the head of the grand community parade that will kick off the Festival. They will travel in style in the back of a vintage 1930s Austin Six.

The parade, which is one of the new features of this year’s event, sets off at 10.30am in Broad Street on its way to the Market Place, where the official opening will be carried out by the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Penelope Walkinshaw.

More than 5,000 visitors are expected to pack the town for the festivities, which are organised by Fenland District Council, Whittlesey Town Council and community groups.

The annual vintage car display will be bigger than ever this year, with more than 100 vehicles on display, including some motorcycles.

One of the star turns is certain to be street entertainers Phillippe-Philloppe, one of whom is Wisbech-born Mark Russell. Other big attractions will include:

• Huge craft market in the Childers Club in Station Road

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• Arts and crafts exhibition in Whittlesey Christian Church, Broad Street

• Free climbing walls, puppet shows and rides for children

• Pony rides in the Church Yard (only �1)

• Live bands, majorettes and dance displays all day

• Lots of other stalls and entertainment

The Whittlesey Festival is the third of one of FDC’s annual Four Seasons events.

Councillor Peter Murphy, the council’s portfolio holder responsible for the events, said: “This is one of the district’s great community celebrations and this year’s promises to be better than ever. There’s always something new to enjoy, so make sure you come along and join in the fun.”

• Trading spaces are still available at various venues. To book one, call Mike Chapman, FDC’s markets and events manager, on 01354 654321 or e-mail marketsandevents@fenland.gov.uk

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