Video: Sabden procession of witness 2015

Sabden has a new rose queen who was nearly blown into office during the blustery conditions on Saturday afternoon.

11-year-old Hannah Bettess was crowned by retiring queen Lily Davies in a ceremony in church before the annual garden party which was moved inside because of the cold windy weather.

Pictured back left, Abigail Dewhurst (10), new queen Hannah Bettess (11), Sophia Bettess (10), Oscar Bailey (6). 'Front left, Ella Davies (6), Mia Davies (4) at the crowning of Sabden's rose queen. Picture: Julian Brown

Pictured back left, Abigail Dewhurst (10), new queen Hannah Bettess (11), Sophia Bettess (10), Oscar Bailey (6). 'Front left, Ella Davies (6), Mia Davies (4) at the crowning of Sabden's rose queen. Picture: Julian Brown

But the crowds still turned out and there were lots of attractions, including a bouncy castle, guess the number of balloons in a car and the final three numbers on a £10 note, refreshments and stalls, all resulting in a £1,619 boost for church funds. The garden party was opened by the new head at Sabden Primary School, Mrs Lisa Stinchon. There was also a grand draw with £75 and £50 first prizes. Churchwarden Mr Bernard Parfitt said it was a great result and the money raised was slightly up on last year.

The following day the sun shone and the wind dropped for the annual procession of witness around the village led by the new queen and her attendants, uniformed organisations, the ladies’ group and members of the congregation, all marching to the sounds of Earby Brass Band. Also heading the procession were the crucifer Mr Jack Pearson carrying the cross, the Rev. Andrew Whitehead, curate of St Mary’s Church in Clitheroe, and churchwardens Mr Parfitt and Mr Colin Hartley. See the video on our website at clitheroetoday

Garden Party & Crowning of new Sabden rose queen.  Picture: Julian Brown

Garden Party & Crowning of new Sabden rose queen. Picture: Julian Brown