PICTURE GALLERY: Fantastic time had by all at Wisbech Rose Fair

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Thousands packed Wisbech town centre for the annual Rose Fair parade on Saturday.

The hot weather guaranteed a brilliant turn-out for the parade which is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of one of the region’s most popular flower festivals.

Rose Fair Crowds

Rose Fair Crowds

The Wonders of the World were brought to life in the parade, with the most floats for ten years taking part.

Simon Johnson, chairman of the Round Table who organise the parade, was delighted with how it went and said: “I’m very pleased, it was a brilliant day.”

The Rose Queen Yazmin Holmes led the parade, with her attendants Amelia Newby and Alice Salmon helping to shower the crowd with petals.

The winning float was Marshland St James VC Primary School and Nursery, with an imaginative take on Stonehenge. The junior winners were Krazy Dayz Nursery, from Walsoken, with a dinosaur-themed float.

Budding thespians from The Angles Theatre scooped the prize for the walking parade and Thomas Clarkson Academy was highly commended for its gladiator and Coliseum float.

The churches of Wisbech were filled to the brim with beautiful flowers all last week for the Rose Fair. The week-long flower festival sees the whole town centre take part, with all four churches opening their doors to the public.

The centre-piece of the whole festival is St Peter and St Paul’s Church, which was marking the 50th anniversary of the flower festival originally started to raise money for the church. As ever, the impressive building was packed with stunning floral displays, which were based around the theme of ‘Floral Pageant’.

Wisbech Baptist Church, in Hill Street, based its flowers around ‘Festival and God’s Church Family’. The United Reformed Church had a theme of ‘Biblical (Faith)’ and Trinity Methodist Church was themed on ‘Bountiful Earth’.