Hundreds of families enjoyed another fun-packed Willaston Village Fete, writes Jonathan White.

The annual event, organised by Willaston Parish Council, took place on the Lettie Spencer Playing Fields, off Wybunbury Road.

It began with a procession from the Moorfields War memorial, which included retiring Willaston Rose Queen Gladys Llewellyn and this year’s Willaston Rose Queen Ffion Owen and her Attendants Greta Piasecka and Janista Harding.

They travelled in a 52-year-old Triumph Herald open-top car owned by Dave Parker and driven by Shaun Farrell.

l-r Wayne Lewis - Brian Silvester - John Flackett cut the ribbonThe procession also included a number of other classic vehicles, along with the 26th South West Cheshire (1st Willaston) Scout Group.

Once the procession had arrived at the gates of Lettie Spencer Playing Fields at 12.45pm, a ribbon was cut to officially open the Fete by Wayne Lewis and John Flackett, of Willaston Parish Council, and Willaston and Rope ward Cllr Brian Silvester.

Gladys thanked the people of Willaston for their support during her year in office.

Willaston Primary School headteacher Clare Grehan placed the crown on the head of this year’s Rose Queen Ffion Owen, aged 10.

Ffion said her chosen charity is Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

Attractions included a collection of classic cars and motorbikes, a dog agility show by Wyche Dog Training Club, music from Willaston School, a bouncy castle, bungee trampolines and children’s sprint races.

There were numerous stalls including a coconut shy, skittles, paintball, hook-a-duck, tombola and face painting.

Paul Simpson and Julie Lewis, from The Cat Community Radio, provided music and commentary throughout the day.

Refreshments were available on the playing fields and within St John’s Church Hall.

Ffion’s mother Carol Owen said: “Ffion is delighted to be Rose Queen this year after being so ill last year that she attended the Fete in a wheelchair.

“She hopes to raise money for Alder Hey as a big thank you for helping her through her illness.”

Ffion’s grandparents, Dave and Doreen Parker, said:”We are so proud our beautiful granddaughter along with her Attendants are representing Willaston over the next 12 months.

“We wish them all the best in their fund-raising activities.”

(All pictures courtesy of Jonathan White)

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