Until as recently as last year the future of Middlewich's Rose Fete, a traditional local event revived by the Middlewich Community Association in the 1970s, looked to be in doubt.
When the original Folk and Boat Festival started in 1990 the Rose Fete continued to be held, often on the same weekend, and when Middlewich Town Council took on the organising of the re-christened 'FAB Festival' the opportunity arose to fully integrate the event into the festival weekend.
The Fete, however, still suffered from the effects of a lack of publicity over the preceeding few years until a new organising committee, working with some of the original organisers, was formed and the event given a much higher profile.
Now the Rose Queen and her retinue are an essential part of the FAB Festival and add another pleasing touch of Middlewich tradition to the weekend.
Organiser Carol Moore writes:
The Middlewich Rose Fete 2013 is on Saturday 15th June. The procession starts from Tesco's car park at 11am, parading down Wheelock Street and through the town to Market Field for the crowning ceremony from 11.30am.
It is going to be a fantastic event and we hope that you will all come along and make it a huge success for our children.
The chosen charity this year is the Guide Dogs.
Look forward to seeing you then!
Official FAB Festival photographer Cliff Astles will be on site during the Rose Fete and participants are reminded that he will be available to take photos both on the field and in the Town Hall.
Contact the Fete organisers for more details.