Crowds enjoy 69th Scuttlebrook Wake

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CHIPPING Campden was heaving on Saturday as crowds enjoyed the 69th Scuttlebrook Wake.

Hannah Pritchard, aged 14, of Chipping Campden School, was crowned by her big sister and reining queen Katie, before parading with her entourage through the town from Littleworth to the square to start the festivities.

There was a colourful display of imaginative fancy dress, decorated floats and school children danced round the maypole along with entertainment from the Campden Morris Dances and a Street Fair.

Mayor Chris Jones said the town was very busy.

"It was a very good event, everybody really enjoyed themselves," he said. "The community really came together.

"The only sad thing was Mrs Nan Mcgrale wasn't able to join us in the fancy dress for the first time for a long time. We were sorry she was not well and wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.

"There was a loud cheer from the crowd for Nan. We hope she heard it from her house. She comes every year and normally dresses up in patriotic costume."

The Scuttlebrook Wake was named after the Cattlebrook or Scuttlebrook which used to flow through Leasbourne until it was covered over in 1831.

The popular event takes place on a Saturday, traditionally the day after the Cotswold Olimpicks.

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