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Local girls chosen as this year's Dunham Massey Rose Queen and Rose Bud

The festivities begin on Saturday 11th May with a procession from Dunham Massey Hall.

Rose Queen Paige Royle (left) and Rose Bud Willow Potts

North Cestrian student Paige Royle has been chosen as this year's Dunham Massey Rose Queen.

Paige, 12, has lived in the village all her life and has taken many roles in the annual parade over the years. 

As Rose Queen, her chosen charity is the Air Ambulance. Paige loves the outdoors and is a keen horse rider, and is kept busy on her parents’ dairy farm in Dunham Massey, where they have lived and worked for four generations.

Mum Caroline Royle said: “Paige has been involved in the Rose Queen from a very young age and she is over the moon to be selected as Rose Queen this year. 

"Being part of the community and bringing people together is something that is close to both our hearts, and the Rose Queen festival does just that. 

"I’m delighted that she’s chosen to fundraise for the Air Ambulance because this service is vital in providing enhanced care to the most critically ill and injured patients.”

This year’s Rose Bud is eight-year-old Willow Potts, a pupil at the Bollin Primary School.

She enjoys ballet, karate and music, and her chosen charity is the Children’s Adventure Farm.

Willow and Paige, this year's Rose Queen and Rose Bud

Patricia Bickerton, one of the event’s organisers, said: “We are really pleased to have Paige and Willow as our Rose Queen and Rose Bud elects this year. 

"All of the children in our community are encouraged take part in this traditional event that brings the village together and raises vital funds to support the continuance of the Rose Queen festival as well as raising funds for small businesses, interest groups and charities that benefit local people.”

Paige will be crowned as Rose Queen 2024 on Saturday 11th May this year. The festivities begin with a procession from Dunham Massey Hall through the village at 2pm, with the crowning ceremony at the Village Hall at 3pm.

This year’s theme is ‘Olympics’ and there are prizes for fancy dress entries for anyone wishing to join in the procession. 

There will also be traditional games, face painting, stalls, a fun dog show, Morris Dancing, brass band, raffle, afternoon teas, BBQ and more at the Village Hall. dults entry £1, children free. For further information contact Sally Potts on 079200 95753.