The 54th annual Wisbech Rose Fair sees a first as Fenland Gymnastics Club wins best float for the second year running.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. The winning float with mayor Cllr Steve Tierney.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. The winning float with mayor Cllr Steve Tierney. - Credit: Archant

Fenland Gymnastics Club scored a first in the 54-year history of Wisbech Rose Fair on Saturday when their ‘Where’s Wally’ float scooped first prize - making them the first group to win the accolade two year’s on the trot

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

The town was filled with thousands of people, who lined the streets to watch this year’s parade of floats with this year’s theme ‘for the love of books’.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Saturday - the third day of the annual Rose Fair which launched on Wednesday with a gala evening at St Peter’s church - also saw a flypast from the RAF Memorial flight which included an iconic Spit Fire.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. Rose Queen Jordan Pope.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. Rose Queen Jordan Pope. - Credit: Archant

St Peter’s Church was once again a main attraction with its stunning flower show, which this year had the theme ‘For what we are truly thankful’.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Town mayor Councillor Steve Tierney, who was joined the mayoral float by his son Joe, was one of a team of five judges, which also included local MP Steve Barclay, mayoress Marie Tierney, Rose Queen Jordan Pope and chairman of the Round Table, who judged the floats.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant


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Cllr Tierney, who praised the high standard of this year’s entries, said it was a difficult choice but in the end Fenland Gynastics “just had the edge” over the Thomas Clarkson Academy’s flat which was highly commended,

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

It had a series of tableaux depicting various books from Dracular to Harry Potter.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

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Wisbech St Mary Primary School won the best junior float with their Jungle Book themed entry.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Cllr Tierney said the whole town was alive with a buzzing atmosphere for the day, which also included flower shows in other local churches including both the Methodist and Baptist chapels.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

There was live entertainment in Museum Square, organ recitals in the church and performances from local schools.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. The junior winners float with mayor Cllr Steve Tierney.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. The junior winners float with mayor Cllr Steve Tierney. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Castle was the venue for the annual art exhibition by local artists and there was a display of historic vehicles in the car park.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Cllr Tierney, who was coerced into playing the kazoo during one band’s performance of ‘Delilah’ on the Market Place added: “It was a wonderful day. There was a fantastic atmosphere all day long and no trouble any where.”

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

The four day celebration ended on Sunday with a service of thanksgiving and Holy Communion at St Peter’s.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. Rose Queen Jordan Pope.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. Rose Queen Jordan Pope. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. Anna Johnson Emily Tegerdene and Rose Queen Jordan Pope

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. Anna Johnson Emily Tegerdene and Rose Queen Jordan Pope - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017.

Wisbech Rose Fair 2017. - Credit: Archant

Flower power: Paul Eden's opening day shots from Wisbech Rose Fair

Flower power: Paul Eden's opening day shots from Wisbech Rose Fair - Credit: Archant

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