Bill donates 1914 Goostrey Rose Day items after Guardian write up

Knutsford Guardian: Bill Eyres handing over his 1914 Goostrey Rose Day artefacts to Margaret Kettle and Sue Mottershead Bill Eyres handing over his 1914 Goostrey Rose Day artefacts to Margaret Kettle and Sue Mottershead

THE unknown details of the 1914 Goostrey Rose Queen have come to light thanks to an article in the Guardian about this year’s queen.

Reading an article about Catherine Flanders being chosen to be the 2014 Queen prompted Bill Eyres from Knutsford to get in touch with the Rose Day organisers to tell them about his mother Maud Kennerley who was crowned exactly 100 years ago.

Bill filled a gap in the Rose Day history when he revealed that he is mum was Rose Queen in 1914 and he has donated a large framed photograph of Maud, her crown and the bible she was presented with on her big day to the Goostrey archive.

The Committee has used these items to create the annual shop window display to promote the event in the run up to Rose Day which this year takes place on Saturday, June 28.

Sue Mottershead, Chairman of the organising committee said: “We were delighted to hear about Maud and are so pleased that villagers will have a chance to see Bill’s memorabilia before it is placed in the archive.”

On Saturday more than 200 children will take part in the procession from Booth Bed Lane to the school which will start at 1pm.

The ceremony which will see Catherine, accompanied by her attendants by attendants: Elizabeth Titchener; Amy Keeling; Jemima Laniado; Rebecca Goodwin and Ellen Memmott, crowned Rose Queen will begin on the school field at 2pm.

For the fourth time since 2005 children and teachers from Goostrey’s twin school in South Africa - the Elizabethfontein School in the Western Cape will be taking part in the festivities and will give a demonstration of traditional African dance.

The Tug-of-war competition which proved so popular at last year’s event will again be the main attraction on the field following the crowning ceremony and Maypole Dancing by Year 2 at Goostrey School.

Rose Festival Chairman Sue Mottershead said: “Rose Day is a very special event in Goostrey’s calendar and we hope all the children and their families enjoy another memorable day.”

In the evening there will be a Ceilidh on the school field.

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