THERE was a special guest at this year’s Rose Queen Fete in Gobowen.

Despite the event being brought indoors because of the weather, it did not stop people turning out in numbers to see the crowning of the new Rose Queen and to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon.

As Angharad Evans was crowned Rose Queen, taking over from Ffion Roberts, the pair were joined by special guest Gwenda Evans, who was Gobowen’s first Rose Queen back in 1939.

Organiser Brenda Cassidy said she was delighted to see Gwenda involved with this year’s celebrations.

She said: “We bumped into Gwenda by chance last week just by coincidence, and we thought it would be great to get her involved today.

“It was really really lovely to have her along with us.

“It was nice to see the generations stood next to each other.”

Families went along to the event held at Preeshenlle United Reformed Church to an afternoon of entertainment which had something for everyone.

There were cake stalls, a clown, a number of displays and even the opportunity to have a go at fencing.

Brenda added that she was happy to see the community coming together once again for this traditional event.

“Originally it was a Sunday school here in 1939, so we used to hold this event to raise money for the church,” she said.

“However, in recent years, what we’ve tried to do is get the community involved.

“Unfortunately, this is the third year we have been brought inside as a result of the weather – we’re usually on the playing field in the sun which is great.

“But it’s been really good – like I said the whole idea is to get the community involved, and we’ve seen a lot of people coming through the doors of the church today.

“Both rooms are full of stalls here and we’ve had plenty of adults and children alike coming through the doors, so it has been great fun.”