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IN PICTURES: Rainbow trail’s fancy dress contest spreads joy during lockdown

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 April 2020 | UPDATED: 14:54 20 April 2020

Crystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Crystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The Ipswich woman behind the global rainbow trail kept people’s spirits up in lockdown this weekend with a fancy dress competition.

Crystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCrystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Crystal Stanley donned angel wings and a tiara while daughter Ariana dressed up as a witch – inspiring others across the UK to follow suit.

From Frozen’s Elsa and Ana to firefighters, Peter Rabbit and Superman, dozens of people got involved in the contest, which raised cash for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, with the winner scooping a special rainbow sign.

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Miss Stanley, who had a busy weekend after appearing on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show to talk about the trail, said she continues to be overwhelmed by its success.

“It’s unreal, really bizarre,” she added.

Crystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCrystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“It is amazing, I can’t believe how far it has gone.

“It’s growing and growing, we’re trying to do different things to try and keep people positive and keep their spirits up.

“The fancy dress contest was just a bit of fun to do, to stop people getting bored during lockdown. We raised money for EACH, we asked everyone to donate a pound to enter the competition.”

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More events are planned for the remainder of the UK’s lockdown, with a bake off next Friday, and a talent show the following week.

Crystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCrystal Stanley, who founded the rainbow trail in Ipswich and her daughter Ariana decided to have a fancy dress day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Miss Stanley is in talks with the Rainbow Trust to begin distributing merchandise – so group members can win items such as a rainbow trail bag for getting involved.

At the time of writing, the Rainbow Trail Facebook group had 196,000 members.

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