Carnival queen and court chosen

THE REGAL Theatre in Stowmarket was the appropriate venue for choosing the town's carnival court for this year.More than 30 youngsters arrived at the selection evening, dreaming of their chance to don their finery, and be carnival princess in the traditional royalty pageant.

THE REGAL Theatre in Stowmarket was the appropriate venue for choosing the town's carnival court for this year.

More than 30 youngsters arrived at the selection evening, dreaming of their chance to don their finery, and be carnival princess in the traditional royalty pageant. Thoughts turned to summer fun and parades, as each contestant made huge efforts to look their best for the judges.

The final three were chosen as Natasha Smith, Gege Boxwell and Lauren Shave. The girls received sashes, tiaras, cheques for £25 and necklaces donated by Tydeman's the jewellers.

The out-going carnival queen presented this year's carnival queen Emma Bridges and attendant Beth McAlpine with their sashes, tiaras, cheques, gift vouchers from jeweller Angelo Smith and bouquets.

Two separate groups of judges selected the princesses, and carnival queen and her attendant.

Kay Ewan, spokeswoman for the carnival committee, said both groups of judges had a very difficult task, due to the particularly high standard of entries this year.

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While the judges made their decisions the audience were entertained with a spectacular performance by the Cara-Lea School of dance. The carnival committee thanked everyone who had supported the event, and Ms Ewan added: "The evening was a great success and the carnival committee would like to thank the Evening Star for its help and support."

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