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Neston celebrates 200th Ladies Day Parade
Updated 11:13am Monday 9th June 2014 in News
HUNDREDS of ladies took part in a parade marking the bicentennial of Neston’s annual Ladies Day Walk.
Dating from 1814, the Neston Female Society organised the event on the first Thursday in June, apart from during the war years.
More than 200 children and around 60 adults lined the streets to take part in the famous procession on Thursday.
Community groups, local organisations, schools and local authorities joined in the celebrations.
The town's new mayor, Cllr Janet Griffiths, along with other invited guests, including Beth Tweddle and more than 200 children and around 60 adult members of the Female Society, took part.
There was also a flower stave workshop on the night before, allowing people to make their own staves using traditional methods.
The Neston Players had also written and produced a play to celebrate the bicentenary – A Walk Through Time (1814-2014).
The parade made its way to the Parish Church, then to the Cross in Neston town centre where a service took place, including the singing of the National Anthem.
Members of the current Neston Female Society Committee laid flowers on the graves of some of the founder members of the Society, in honour of the 200th Anniversary.
Also marking two centuries of Neston Female Society’s Ladies Day parade was an anthem – On Ladies Day – which was composed and recorded by local schoolchildren.
The song is on sale on CD and the track will be made into a video with photographs of Neston Ladies Day and the heritage project.
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