Littlebeck’s newest Rose Queen crowned

A popular tradition since 1954, the annual Littlebeck Rose Queen ceremony took place on Tuesday.

Nine-year-old Lauren Thompson was chosen as this year’s queen and was crowned by her predecessor Lily May Newton.

w143002b, Little Beck Rose Queen Lauren Thompson

w143002b, Little Beck Rose Queen Lauren Thompson

Lauren, who was far from daunted to be taking on the role, said: “I’m very pleased to have been chosen as Rose Queen. I have been getting more and more excited as the day got closer.”

Lauren’s sister, Jessica, was selected to be an attendant alongside Ella Brown, and the pair accompanied Lauren as she made the short journey down the village beck to her place of coronation on a floating throne aboard a rose-covered raft.

Tina Thompson, Lauren’s mum, spoke of her pride at the occasion.

She said: “I’m so proud. Lauren’s aspired to be the centre of attention and it is just great to be part of this tradition and what is a really nice, family-orientated day that children just absolutely love.”

Following the crowning of the Rose Queen, which attracted hundreds of visitors, children from the village performed a play. This year’s production was Peter Pan.

A variety of goods were on offer and a wide range of activities took place on the day, all in aid of raising funds for Littlebeck Village Hall.

Event organiser Julia Weeks said: “The crowning of the Rose Queen is always a brilliant day and enables us to fund the upkeep of our village hall.

“It is a great tradition and a lot of hard work goes into organising the event, but it is all worthwhile when you end up with such a wonderful spectacle.”