EXCITED schoolgirls are waiting to see who will be crowned in the summer.

Three girls are in line to be chosen to represent Goostrey as the village’s Rose Queen for 2023.

The new queen will be selected by a panel of independent judges at the Village Hall this Saturday.

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A traditional party will also be held for children as a thank you from the committee for taking part in the summer celebration.

Christina Burgess, chairman of the organising committee, said: “Rose Day is an important day in Goostrey and to be Rose Queen is something very special.

Knutsford Guardian: Lucy Boardman, last year's Goostrey Rose QueenLucy Boardman, last year's Goostrey Rose Queen (Image: Goostrey Rose Day)

“I am delighted that the young people in the village are helping to carry on the tradition.

“As well as playing a key part in Goostrey’s celebrations, the queen also represents the village at other Rose Days and events around the area.”

This year, children and teachers from South Africa will be spending two weeks in Goostrey and will take part in Rose Day on Saturday, June 24.

Knutsford Guardian: Pupils and teachers from the Elizabethfontein School in South Africa at Goostrey Rose Day in 2017Pupils and teachers from the Elizabethfontein School in South Africa at Goostrey Rose Day in 2017 (Image: Goostrey Rose Day)

This will be the sixth time since 2004 that pupils from the Elizabethfontein school in the Western Cape have visited the village to take part in the annual event.

The eight children, who will be staying with local families, will join in lessons at the village school.

The youngsters will also sharing their own culture by demonstrating South African playground games and dancing.

The school has won numerous dancing competitions throughout the Western Cape and the children will be performing at Rose Day.

The rural Elizabethfontein School, which is a three-and-a-half-hour drive north of Cape Town, has 270 children, most of whom board on weekly basis in two huge dormitories.

To help raise funds for Goostrey Rose Festival and the South African visit, a quiz and silent auction of promises are being organised.

The online auction has more than 40 promises with something for everyone.

Amongst the items are someone to babysit, a meal at a local eatery, a weekend away in Anglesey, a trip to a copper mine, an historic tour of Burslem, a children’s party and front row tickets for Goostrey School Nativity play.

To bid visit auctionofpromises.com/2023GoostreyAuction and make your bid.

The auction closes at 10pm on Saturday, March 11 and each promise will go to the person who has made the highest bid at that time Funds raised will be split 50:50 between Goostrey Rose Festival and the South African visit.

The quiz, involving teams of no more than six, will be at Goostrey village Hall on Saturday, March 11 at 7.30pm.

The bar opens at 7pm.

Tickets priced £5 per person are available from Peter Gomes on 07867 798848, treasurer@goostreyrosefestival.co.uk