Wisbech Rose Fair Parade will lose Rose Queen after 50 years

PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 March 2018

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.  Rose Queen Jordan Pope.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. Rose Queen Jordan Pope.

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A controversial decision to no longer crown a Rose Queen after 50 years at Wisbech’s Rose Fair Parade has been announced.

It comes as organisers say they need to ‘change with the times’ after considering how to update the event for the last few years.

Wisbech Round Table is instead seeking nominations and entries from young people to become Pride of the Parade and take their place on the float which will lead all others through the town.

The popular event sees the town filled with thousands of people every year, who line the streets to watch the parade of floats and enjoy an array of entertainment.

Jay Hubbard, chair, said: “We know this might not go down that well as it’s a departure from tradition, but like everything else things need to change with the times.

“The Rose Queen, and her attendants, came about at the inception of the Rose Fair Parade more than 50 years ago, and we’ve been considering how we can update the concept for a few years.

“Having listened to feedback from local people on social media and during the parade last year we have decided that now is the time and hope that this will attract many more nominations and entries.”

The idea behind Pride of the Parade is to provide a way for young people that have achieved something great to be recognised.

Entries and nominations will need to explain why the individual deserves to be recognised for what they have achieved.

This could be sporting or academic success, volunteering, supporting or caring for others – anything that demonstrates going the extra mile or perseverance.

Prizes will be awarded by the Round Table, which will be tailored to suit the winners.

Entry to the competition is open to anyone of school age (6-16) with one senior winner (aged 12-16) and two joint junior winners (aged 6-12).

To enter or nominate simply ‘Like’ the Wisbech Round Table Facebook page and send a message.

Otherwise send email entries to wisbechrt@gmail.com.

The closing date will be June 1 2018.

This year’s Wisbech Rose Fair Parade will take place on Saturday July 7.

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