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1973 Report


The village of Comberbach had not seen such a pretty sight for a long time as their new Rose Queen Karen Robinson and her retinue, on Saturday all dressed up for the first Rose Queen ceremony in 10 years.

The biggest and best Comberbach Village Fete for years raised more than £250 on Saturday when crowds turned out to watch the crowning of pretty Rose Queen Karen Robinson and to enjoy all the fun of a typical village fete.

Karen, daughter of Mr and Mrs A J Robinson, 34, Mather Drive, was the village’s first Rose Queen for 10 years and was crowned by the last Queen, Mrs Angela Jameson, formerly Miss Angela Morton. Karen is a pupil of Northwich County Grammar School for Girls and was attended by Anne Walker and Rachel Tierney (maids of honour), Alison Chapman, Paula Howell, Isabel Howell and Lesley Towey (attendants) and Nigel Moores and Tim Williams (pages).

The organisers had gone to tremendous lengths to produce a really interesting fete and one of the most popular events was a tug-o-war competition between the various roads in the village. Final winners were Chapel Close, but the fete committee has already almost made up their minds to hold another next year, so the other small communities will have the chance to get their own back. Chapel Close beat Mather Drive in the final and six teams competed.

For the children, there was a fancy dress competition, an art competition, races and donkey rides and for the less energetic there were plenty of things to watch. Warrington Scout Band, the Dane Valley Dancers and country dancers from the local school gave displays, there was an exhibition of photographs of Comberbach in days gone by, and “Uncle Bud” the clown spent the afternoon entertaining the visitors.

There was a fun fair, “The Jungle” pop group entertained, and refreshments of all kinds were provided. When the afternoon’s fun was over there was still more to come in the form of a barbeque dance in a marquee in the evening with dancing to “The Mindset” group. This proved so popular tickets were sold out long before Saturday and the one or two people who had bought them and found they could not attend, became the most popular residents in the village and could have re-sold them several times!

The fete was held on the Memorial Hall field and Mr G Walker’s field which adjoins. The money raised will be used to provide playground equipment on the Memorial Hall field.

Fancy dress competition winners were: Three to five years: best traditional, Emma Gibson as Bo-Peep, best original, Don Geering as Desert Island Discs, Five to eight years, best traditional, Sarah Thurlwell as a Mexican lady; best original, Ian Jones  as an Abominable Snowman, Nine to 12 years, best traditional, Sandra Bebbington, as a hula-hula girl; best original, Jonathan Finch, as a Morris dancer. The best-decorated bicycle competition was won by Mark Delves.

Art competition winners were: Five to seven years, 1st Andrew Creamer (Woodcock’s Farm); 2nd Joanne Dixon (“My new home in Comberbach”; very highly commended Paul Tierney (“The housing estate”). Eight to 10 years; 1st Jane Heesom (“Lady Jane the horse”), 2nd Richard Eden  (Goldfinch’s Nest), very highly commended Jane Douglas (“Marbury Scene”). The subject was things seen in and around the village and the judge was Mr T Roberts of Timperley Art College. A quiz on village personalities was won by Mrs Sadler.

30 JUNE, 1973

Reproduced by kind permission of the Northwich Guardian