Wall hanging marks twinning of festivals

Maria Peel with the wall hanging
Maria Peel with the wall hanging

A beautiful wall hanging created by a Longridge woman is winging its way across the Atlantic in honour of two festivals.

Maria Peel, daughter of Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival president Tom Ibison, has created the wall hanging to mark the twinning of the villages’ festival with the Annapolis Valley Appleblossom Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The hanging shows the three village churches of St Francis RC, St Mary’s CE and Trinity Methodists surrounding children dancing around a maypole. It is to go to Helena and Garry McCay, who were official delegates from the Annapolis Valley Festival at the twinning ceremony in Goosnargh last year and who played a huge part in the success of the villages’ visit to Nova Scotia this summer.

Maria showed the wall hanging to committee members at the festival committee’s AGM when chairman David Butters thanked all involved with the event, particularly those who were left behind to look after everything whilst the party of delegates were in Nova Scotia.

He went on to thank Nik Birkby and his team of volunteers for once more very successfully marshalling of the procession; David Burn and the team on “The Square”; the police; Paul Cross and all other volunteers who had helped throughout the year; Preston North Rotary Club for its help with the raffle; and residents of “The Square” for their co-operation. The delegation to the Annapolis Valley, including then festival queen Chloe Collins, had been joined by the queen from 1949, Joan Prescott (now Mrs Joan Slater), and her husband, who are residents of London, Ontario.

The Queen’s Coronation Diamond Jubilee coincided with the completion of the twinning with the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival and a gift created by Helen Cartmel was sent to the Queen. This had been received and acknowledged.

Documents and gifts relating to the twinning, which was recognised at provincial government and national parliament level in Canada and was proclaimed at a reception hosted by Sir Graham and Lady Ann Day, were displayed and a small addition to the villages’ festival constitution was adopted to reflect this.

Treasurer Jill Piner reported a healthy financial position with funding fully in place for the 2014 festival and she was thanked by David.

Forthcoming key festival dates are the selection of the queen for 2014 on January 26; the spring jumble sale on March 22; festival day on May 31; sports day on June 11; and the autumn jumble sale on 
October 11.