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Grappenhall Walking Day blessed with sunshine again

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VIDEO: GRAPPENHALL Walking Day was again blessed with sunshine as hundreds of villagers took part in the annual Walk of Witness.

Reverend Jane Proudfoot of St. Wilfrid’s Church led prayers appealing for people to enjoy the nature and countryside around them.

The village can trace this annual custom back over 180 years.

Like last year the event was a scorching success with the glorious weather putting smiles on faces.

After a service on the school playing fields  the procession progressed throughout the street of the village, lined by well-wishers.

Walkers were musically accompanied by the Dobcross Youth brass band who travelled from Saddleworth to play.

The retiring Queens and incoming queens and their attendants were joined on the walk by Church members, The Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Grappenhall Rainbows, Grappenhall preschool, St. Wilfred’s School, and many local residents.

Rose Queen was Niamh Corley-Lewis, Rose Bud was Annie Molden and the first ever Village Prince Noah Chadwick. Retiring Rose Queen was Millie Chadwick while retiring Rose Bud was Emily Davis.

Following the walk it was time for some fun and games in the sun with a host of activities on the school fields.

The incoming queens, retiring queens and their retinues

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