DAISY Fogg’s lucky sixpence did the trick on Saturday as the blue skies returned to bathe Mobberley Rose Queen festival in summer sunshine.

Daisy, aged 12, was crowned as the 2014 Rose Queen by crown bearer Hugo Marfani, the brother of the retiring queen Gabriella Marfani, who opened the festival.

With storms threatening to dampen everyone’s spirits Daisy tucked her lucky sixpence into her purse, and the sun came out as the procession reached the Scout hut field in Hall Bank.

“I was very proud of Daisy, who has had a lot of compliments for the way she handled herself at the festival,” said Daisy’s mum Mary.

“She gave a lovely speech, and is looking forward to attending the various events throughout the year as Mobberley Rose Queen and representing her village.”

Daisy, who lives in Mobberley and goes to Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, has already received five invitations to attend similar festivals in the area over the summer, the first being Bosley Rose Queen diamond jubilee which takes place later this month.

Daisy’s brother Oscar, seven, also played a part in Saturday’s community celebrations, taking the role of one of the dancers.

The procession from Victory Hall included Mobberley Senior and Junior Morris, Heyrod Brass Band and Warrington Pipe Band, floats, the retinue, the retiring queen, and Daisy and her ladies in waiting Sophie Foord and Lexie McIntosh in a carriage drawn by shire horses.

Entertainment included a number of dances, including a First World War dance performed by Mobberley Junior Morris and a mass dance for everyone to join in with, a funfair and stalls.

“It was a very special, memorable day, and the few showers early on passed and the blue skies returned as the procession came onto the field,” said Mrs Fogg.

Rose Queen committee chairman Tony Cooke described the festival as “a fantastic day.”

He praised the work of the committee during the year, and thanked individuals and businesses for their support.

“The festival is a real community effort, and we are always on the lookout for new people to join the committee,” said Mr Cooke.