2013 Mobberley Rose Queen
What a great day – Rose Queen Gabriella Marfani was crowned 2013’s Mobberley Rose Queen as the sun looked benevolently on!
After a couple of years of mixed weather, this year was a delight in every way. The months of planning that go on in the background finally all came together without a hitch, in this, the biggest annual event in the Mobberley calendar.
The Rose Queen Festival was held on Hall Bank Field, Hall Lane, Mobberley which is a beautiful setting, ideally situated in the centre of the Village. With the planning and set-up of the field all done, the official event started at two o’clock from the Mobberley Victory Hall.
The Procession, lead on horse-back by local Group Scout Leader Carol Neild, took its usual route through the village, with children, Rose Queen dancers, decorated tractor-drawn floats, fancy dress characters and pipe and brass bands all following. Rose Queen to-be Gabriella and her Ladies-in-waiting Tess O’Connor and Imogen Young followed behind the Procession in a fine horse-drawn carriage.
With the sun shining, the Festival had one of its biggest attendances ever, and it was great to see so many people coming out to watch the Procession.
Once the Procession had run its course, the events on the field leading up to the crowning of the new Rose Queen took place. The traditional dances steered by Joy Parkes provided the focal point on the field and were in Joy’s words “one of the Best!”. All the dances were brilliantly executed by the young dancers, who had put in twice-weekly practice for 3 months running up to the day. Two highlights to mention in the dancing:-
1) the involvement for the year running of both boys as well as girls in the dances – congratulations to Edward, Oscar and Harrison! The Committee hopes that this is a trend that will start to flourish.
2) The Sailor’s Hornpipe. This is a highly precise and technical dance and needs precision timing between the dancers. This year’s dancers were the duo of Cara Gittins and Tiffany Lavin. Cara and Tiff have been involved in the dancing for years and have played a major role this year in teaching the dances alongside Joy Parkes. The two girls put in a faultless performance to make the Sailor’s Hornpipe, which is a very exacting and technically difficult dance, look easy.
Varied craft stalls and childrens’ entertainment also helped to make this a memorable day for both adults and kids alike. In one of many examples of the Mobberley wider Community working together, First Mobberley Scouts provided vital hot food and drinks in the pleasant surrounds of the Festival’s catering marquee.
The number of people through the gate this year was one of the Festival’s highest. As the cost of staging the Rose Queen annually runs into several thousand pounds and always rises year-on-year, the Rose Queen Committee are reliant on people attending the Festival, donating, buying Raffle tickets, tombola tickets, etc. to allow the financing of each subsequent Festival. The additional cost of providing a new stage this year has also put pressure on finances, but the team have been very resourceful in attracting new sponsorship and donations to help fund these improvements.
The Committee are always looking for new people to be involved, and for new ideas from within the Committee or from the wider general public. As an example, this year local Mobberley resident Christine Bagshaw was hugely helpful in obtaining several excellent raffle prizes and with used her contacts to bring several rescue animals onto the Festival field, giving entertainment for the children and providing much needed publicity for some of the local animal charities.
This demonstrates how this Community Event pulls people in the Village and close-by together to make those few hours each June so unique. It shows the good will and hard work that many people are prepared to put in to making those few hours so special. The Rose Queen Committee sends its thanks to the helpers, our sponsors, the children, parents, relatives and friends who were involved in the Festival and finally everyone who attended and helped to make the day so special.
On a very sad note, the Rose Queen Committee was devastated to hear of the death of local business man Steve Redwood, of Redwood Hire. Steve, his father and family have supported the Rose Queen for more years than most of the Committee can remember. The Committee wishes to pass on its deepest condolences to Steve’s family.
Written and submitted by Tony Cooke