Field Day History
The first Wrea Green Rose Queen was crowned in 1924, after a group of seven local girls had watched the Lytham Rose Queen procession. They decided that Wrea Green should also have a Rose Queen and agreed between themselves who would be the first Queen, who would crown her and who would be her attendants. The other girls wore fancy dress and one carried a banner asking for donations to Dr Barnardo’s.
The eldest girl made a crown from roses and scraps of material and the Queen’s train was a long white lace curtain; a bouquet of flowers was picked from a village garden. This little procession set off to walk around the Green, but only got part way before their nerves got the better of them. They retreated to a garden at the rear of Park Terrace and held the crowning ceremony there.
The following year they did manage to walk all the way around the Green and collected £1. 6s. 8d. (£1.33p) for Dr. Barnardo’s. The Queen that year was crowned by Mrs. E Sergeant on the lawn of The Elms and the money collected was presented to her as the President of the local branch of Dr. Barnardo’s.
In 1926, local parents got together to form an organising Committee and so the long tradition of Wrea Green Rose Queen and Field Day was started. Since then there have been over 70 Rose Queens as listed, although we don’t know all of their names. If you can help to fill any of the gaps, we would be pleased to hear from you!
Over the years, a great many people from around the village have given their time and effort to help run Field Day. Following an appeal for help after last year’s Field Day, a number of new volunteers have come forward and hopefully this fine old local tradition will now continue into the future.
Click here to view the roll of Rose Queens in previous years.
IMAGES OF FIELD DAY:
Field Day is a village institution and a colourful day out for family and friends. Click here to view pictures of previous field days.
Field Day is a village institution and a colourful day out for family and friends.
ABOUT FIELD DAY:
Each year some of the towns and villages on the Fylde appoint a Queen from amongst the young girls in their area to represent the community at various events during the year. Each local community has an allotted weekend and Wrea Green Field Day is in either late June or early July, following Kirkham, Freckleton and Lytham.
The crowning of our Rose Queen is accompanied by various activities to make it a special day. These include:
- Processions around the village green
- Fancy dress competition
- Morris dancing
- Marching Bands
- Farmers Market
- Children’s sports
- The Fair
WHO CAN TAKE PART
The procession and children’s sports are open to the family and friends of residents, including grandchildren, and to those who attend the village school. However everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day and the village usually has many visitors.
FIELD DAY OBJECTIVES
The objectives of Field Day are to maintain the tradition of crowning a village Rose Queen and to provide a memorable day of fun and entertainment for the community. Field Day is run by a small group of volunteers who work hard to make the day a success; the organising team would like to thank everyone who contributes their time, effort and financial support. It costs over £5,000 to run Field Day and this is all provided by door to door collections around the village and through contributions from local business. As a result, everyone is able to enjoy the bands and carnival spectacle on a memorable day.
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