Sisters on twinning mission

Festival sisters: Poppy (left) and Daisy Haresnape
Festival sisters: Poppy (left) and Daisy Haresnape

Two sisters and former festival queens chosen to represent their villages’ festival at a twinning ceremony in Canada this spring are hoping the community will come out to support a fundraising event to help cover the costs.

Daisy and Poppy Haresnape, of Cumeragh Lane have been chosen to be Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival’s official delegates at the second part of the twinning ceremony between their two villages and the Annapolis Valley Appleblossom Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada.

To help the sisters, who are both students, festival organisers have decided to combine the selection of this year’s festival queen with a special fund raising day for Daisy and Poppy.

This is set for Sunday, January 20, at Goosnargh Village Hall.

From 10am to 2pm, there will be a variety of craft workshops including textiles and ceramics for people both to watch and join in with, as well various stalls and games including tombola, raffle and good as new.

There will also be crafts available for people to buy.

From 2 to 3pm refreshments will be available and at 3pm the “Dancing Queen Selection Party” gets underway, starting with an open street dance workshop (which anyone is welcome to join), led by Hannah Chadwick and her dancers, some of whom are collecting sponsorship for Daisy and Popp y.

Between 4 and 5pm, the selection of the festival queen will take place and this is to be combined with party games, dancing and a disco.

Daisy, 22, who is due to qualify as a primary school teacher this summer and younger sister Poppy, 20, who is studying agriculture and hopes to become a farmer, say they feel privileged to have been chosen as ambassadors to represent the villages at the second twinning cerermony.

“It is nice to know someone feels you have done something good enough to put you forward,” said Daisy.

Poppy explained tyhat, with a week of activities, the Appleblossom festival ws a much bigger event than that
of Goosnargh and Whittingham.

Daisy and Poppy, who are festival committee members, are now busy trying to raise enough cash to cover the cost of their flights, but are no strangers to fund raising.

Over the years they have raised between £10,000 and£12,000 for good causes and charities including Cancer Research, Rainbow House, the Leprosy Mission and the RSPCA.

They started fund-raising as young children by holding small dance shows in their garden, moving on in their teens to perform larger shows with friends the Charity Chums.

More recently the sisters have become involved with a Kenyan orphanage where they worked for five weeks last summer and are also currently fund raising for the children there.