From the late 1940s until the early 1960s St Anne's held a Rose Queen Crowning and Garden Party.
Miss. Norren Rothwell (1953)
Sale Guardian - 26th June, 1953
Watched by the Rev. SB Warburton (vicar), the Mayoress (Mrs. TF Hampson) places the crown on Noreen’s head [Photograph]
As if prearranged, the rain stopped and the sun came out from behind dark clouds - although somewhat reluctantly - for the fifth annual St. Anne’s Church, Sale, Rose Queen crowning and garden party, at Windsor Lodge, Holly Bank, Sale, the home of Aldermen and Mrs. AW Mawer, on Saturday.
But the watery sunshine was eclipsed by the splendid pageantry of a “coronation” procession and crowning, which for colour, spectacle, enthusiasm, regal beauty and ceremonial, would be hard to surpass.
The new rose queen, Noreen Rothwell, aged 15, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N Rothwell, of 29, Lynwood Grove, Sale, wore a long white-figured satin dress with a long red train, and carried a bouquet of deep pink carnations.
She was crowned by the Mayoress of Sale (Mrs. Hampson), who was accompanied by the Mayor (Councillor TF Hampson). Also present were the deputy Mayor and Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs. FH Highley), the Rev. SB Warburton (vicar) and Mrs. Warburton, and Mr. and Mr. J Hampson (chairman). After Noreen had been crowned, she was presented with a silver cross and chain by Mrs. Warburton.
Barbara Dixon (1959)
Jacqueline Lloyd (1960)