Meet & Greet, Rose Fair
One of the jobs of the Mayor is to greet the coaches as they arrive for Rose Fair. People come from all over the country to visit Wisbech and we try to give them a really warm welcome.
The Mayor and Macebearer board the coach as it arrives and welcome everybody to the town.
Then as the people disembark the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayoress, Macebearer and the Vicar of St Peters Church speak to them and welcome them to the Town, giving them a map and a guide of the things to see. People really seem to enjoy it and many remark that they are surprised at such a warm welcome.
Talking to people who have come, many are on the fourth or fifth visit – returning year after year because they love Rose Fair so much. They are all full of praise for Wisbech, which is a place many express respect, delight and admiration for. Its very humbling. It’s easy to forget how fantastic our town is until you hear people who have paid to come and visit us, time after time, because they love our town so much.
Nine coachfuls arrived today, plus a coachful of children from Tydd St Giles. Even though it was absolutely bucketing it down, everybody was smiling and laughing. Many expressed the view that “we are British and this is weather is exactly what we expect” in very good humour.
One of the best things about being Mayor is getting to meet so many lovely people. After greeting the coaches the Macebearer and I did a walkaround, visiting Trinity Church, all the stalls in St Peters Church Gardens, the Methodist church, and talking to as many people as we could. Then we popped into Loafers for a spot of lunch and to try and get dry. :)
I’d really like to thank Peter Human and Janet Tanfield, the Deputy Mayor and his consort, for their help today catching the coaches that I missed while on other duties. They really were supportive and so good with the visitors, it was a godsend to have them pitching in.
We shall be out and about every day of Rose Fair and hope to see as many of the good folk of Wisbech there as we can. if you see us, please come and say: “Hello.”