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Wisbech Rose Fair is great success as sunshine brings out the crowds




Sunshine brought out the crowds for the annual Wisbech Rose Fair on Saturday but a little football match being played 3,500 miles away did have a slight affect on numbers.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929892)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929892)

Jay Hubbard, chairman of Wisbech Round Table which organises the annual parades, said: "We had a really good turn out, better than we were expecting because of the England World Cup game. "Numbers were perhaps slightly down in the morning, and in the afternoon it was mainly women, children and older people lining the streets.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Rose Queen Ellie Myles presenting overall winners shield to Wisbech St Mary. (2929969)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Rose Queen Ellie Myles presenting overall winners shield to Wisbech St Mary. (2929969)

"But we had a great day. Everything went according to plan and we even organised it so the parade went off bang on time in the afternoon to ensure that anyone who wanted to watch the match could.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Wisbech Mayor Peter Human presenting the Junior winners shield to Katy Lilley School of Dance. (2929965)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Wisbech Mayor Peter Human presenting the Junior winners shield to Katy Lilley School of Dance. (2929965)

"This year we had 29 exhibits in the parade - 22 floats - with the theme 'For the love of music' and congratulations go to Wisbech St Mary school for being the overall winners."

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Steve Barclay presenting Highly Commended shield to Lynncroft. (2929967)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Steve Barclay presenting Highly Commended shield to Lynncroft. (2929967)

For the first time there was a 'Pride of the Parade' float which carried nine-year-old Ella Wharf, her mum Joanne and Simon Johnson of Wisbech Round Table.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade.. Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Pride of Rose Fair float left to right Simon Johnson, Joanne Wharf and Ella Wharf. (2929952)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade.. Wisbech Rose Fair Parade..Pride of Rose Fair float left to right Simon Johnson, Joanne Wharf and Ella Wharf. (2929952)

Ella was one of two junior winners in the new competition run for the first time this year to offer recognition to the area's young people. Unfortunately fellow junior winner Gracie-Mai Clark was unable to join her on the float as she was busy being a bridesmaid.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929894)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929894)

Keen sportsman Lewis Shipley, who was the senior winner, was also busy with a sporting commitment.

All three young people will now be presented with a prize of their choice to the value of £100.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929914)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929914)

Lewis has opted to donate his prize money to buy equipment for Wisbech St Mary FC juniors and Jay said: "We thought that was a great gesture so we have offered another £100 for the football club too."

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929940)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929940)

Rose Queen Ellie Myles was all smiles as she sat on one of the leading floats in the parade she later presented the trophy to the Wisbech St Mary winning float.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929923)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929923)

Jay concluded: "All in all it was a fantastic day, there were one or two minor hiccups like a mobility scooter doing about one mile an hour blocking the float parade for a time in the morning, and I understand someone collapsed of heat exhaustion but other than that it went really well."

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929908)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929908)

Elsewhere St Peter's Church was a hive of activity with visitors enjoying the amazing floral displays created for the annual Rose Fair Flower Festival which this year had the theme 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow'.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929948)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929948)

Wisbech Town Council's Castle Working Group hosted a Victorian afternoon tea in the Castle gardens and showed off the work carried out by volunteers so far to bring it back to life as community facility.

Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929958)
Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929958)

The Castle's famous vaults and tunnels were also open for people to see.

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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929916)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929910)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929902)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929895)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929927)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929961)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929918)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929920)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929932)
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Wisbech Rose Fair Parade. (2929941)


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