The Rose Queen

The Rose Queen was an event, organised by the church in Vicars Cross, which took place each summer and saw local children taking part in a procession which culminated in a crowning ceremony outside of the church.

If my memory serves me well the fabric for our dresses was chosen from Laura Ashley and those taking part, took part for two years. A dress was needed for both years, so those watching the procession could see who were the incoming and outgoing participants were.

I remember very clearly my mum trying to make the headdress I was required to wear stay on my head.  I have naturally fine poker straight hair which my mum would brush until it shone and the headdress wouldn’t stay where it was put. I think eventually we must have given up, as the headdress appears to not be in all the photographs.


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