Hawkshead Esthwaite County Primary School celebrated the Rose Queen Gala and 400th Anniversary in 1985


The children of Hawkshead Esthwaite County Primary School celebrated their Rose Queen Gala in June 1985 and the event was quite special as it coincided with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Grammar School by Archbishop Sandys.

Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne at the time, so the Tudor era was the theme of the celebration.

Children, teachers, parents and guests looked splendid in their Elizabethan costumes and many visitors gathered to watch the procession from the village school to the Grammar School, now a museum.

There, six boys who had taken a Latin lesson joined the parade, which then proceeded to the Market Square. The large crowd was entertained with music and court dancing by finely dressed adult minstrels.

Back at school, the new Rose Queen, Sharon Graham, was crowned by outgoing Queen, Nichola Spedding.

Their attendants and flowergirls were: Mary Denyer, Georgina Stretton, Helen Norris, Zoe Sykes, Rosie Sykes, Victoria Geldard, Yvonne Siddall, Elizabeth Norris, Cheryl Johnston, Nichola Penrice and Emma Nicholson. The crown bearer was Matthew Brindle.

After the coronation ceremony, the audience was enchanted by period music and children’s dancing. Afterwards, many stalls were organized by parents and children to raise money for the PTA funds.

In the evening, the governors of the Grammar School organized a sherry party in the school. This was followed by a talk in the church given by Reverend JP Inman on the history of the Grammar School.

Pupils from a school in South Lakeland and a school in Blackburn spent a day on the farm in 1993. Lindale-in-Cartmel CE Primary School had forged links with St Matthew’s CE in the Lancashire town.

Sally Tyson, Chair of Lindale School Governors, invited children from both schools to her farm in Castle Head, Lindale.


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