Queens of Lesser Realms

Year

2017

90 English carnival queens and some of their thoughts to commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Published as a book ISBN 9781782807377. Reviewed by the Guardian. Copies are still available at £10 each plus £2 postage.

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Queen of Long Itchington, Warwickshire Elisha Thorne Bowmaster.

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Queen of Raunds, Katie Davies with Princess Natalya Brundenell, Princess Georgia Duncombe, Princess Cacherael Harvey.

"My beautiful sweet doughnut best friend."

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May Queen of Northwold, Tegan Wellard.

"Joining in the ancient tradition, with tea and cake on the lawns, families watched on as the children performed the traditional May Day dances they had been preparing in school."

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Queen of Moulton Chapel Tuliptime, Amber Bell attended by Princess Matilda Sexton & Princess Sadie Groom.

"Events will include a static display of a missile launch."

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Queen of Wellingborough, Catherine Evans accompanied by Princess Sophie Evans, Princess Sinead Mitchell, Princess Lauren Clarke and Princess Ellie Todd.

"This is not a beauty contest and applicants will be selected on personality and their enthusiasm to be an ambassador for Wellingborough."

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Mayor of Ramsey, Huntingdonshire Ian Curtis leads the Strawbear towards the plough to bless the coming agricultural year in 2015.

"The children danced and danced almost to an exhausted state in the hope and expectation that the coming year would produce a bountiful harvest."

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Poppy Queen of Wirksworth, Saskia Maycock blessing the wells led by Warden Kevin Turville, escorted by Junior Queen Ella McCarthy, Princess Esther Abraham, Rosebud Natasha Kinder, Rosebud Holly Greatorex, Petal Princess Naomi Combellack, Petal Princess Molly Repton, Pageboy Paul Rigby, & Pageboy Will McCarthy.

"As we celebrate and give thanks today we pray that we may drink from the well of life giving water which you provide freely for all. Through our prayers and song, through the beauty of the well dressings and through connecting with others may we find our hope renewed, our faith restored and our lives transformed with the power of your Spirit."

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Wassail Queen of Stamford Robina Hill.

"Old apple tree, we wassail thee, here's hope that you wilt bear for the Gods doth know where we shall be come apples another year.

For to bloom well and to bear well, so merry let us be. Let every man take off his hat & shout out to the old apple tree!"

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The coronation of Queen Aimee Bridgett of Newark.

" She comes to school with a smile on her face and is friendly and helpful."

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The people of Newark await the arrival of Queen Aimee Bridgett.

"Amid a sea of colour, the air was full of music and expectant crowds lined the route as the floats passed by followed by scores of children on foot."

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Queen of Diss, Alice Cater.

"With a carnival dress and a tiara chosen from Every Cloud in Mere Street, and hair styled by Alastair from VAE Hair Salon in St Nicholas Street, Alice will look picture perfect as she rides in the parade, chauffeured for the day by entrepreneur Pete Gillings. "

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King of Dove Holes, Tom Green alights his carriage.

Age ñ 18 Favourite Food ñ Steak and Ale Pie Favourite Colour ñ Pink Current Job ñ Plastics Manufacturer for Fibralon Hobbies ñ Cricket As King I WouldÖ ñ Pass a law to make beer free for all! Favourite Music ñ Rock Music

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Queen of Basildon & Pitsea, Gemma Bell attended by Princess Beth Louise Wilson & Princess Chloe Mason. "After the ribbon-cutting, carnival queen Gemma Bell, 15, and her two princesses Beth, 13, and Chloe, 12, delighted young patients when they dropped into the childrenís ward. And the visit had a special significance for the carnival trio, as Gemma and Beth want to become midwives, and Chloeís ambition is to be a paediatrician."

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Princess of Grantham, Antonia Towning attended by Miss Jessica Smith & Miss Francesca Morley.

"Antoniaís face was a picture of surprise when her name was called out as Carnival Princess by ceremony compere Ross Garrigan."

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Princess of Somersham, Jessica Stancombe attended by Miss Carla Rea & Miss Ella Hudson.

"The Princess soon carried out the first of her official duties by awarding the winners of the Country Craft Competition. "

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King of Wells, Henry Banham.

"Spraytanner. Probably one of the most memorable people you?ll ever meet."

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Introducing Mr Jeffry Billman, visitor to Wells carnival.

"Who would think this could be achieved in our little town? "

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Queen of Whitstable, Lauren Mackenzie accompanied by Princess Siobham Cutress.

"Please do not throw coins."

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Queen of Barwell, Charlotte Wilson is assisted from her carriage by her driver, Mr Dave Thorley.

"What is the worldís best song to dance to? "

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St Mary?s Church May Queen of Mendlesham, Eleanor Bowyer.

"The Mendlesham Street Fair was blessed with unbroken sunshine for the first time in many years and thousands of visitors turned out to enjoy the traditional feast of entertainment. "

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May Queen of Hayfield, Ruth Eastwood accompanied by Junior queen Hannah Cooper, Rosebud Milly Phoenix, and attendants Miss Maia & Miss Rhianon .

"Their choice of the young lady who should wear the crown was made in a way that no one could find fault with, and when the choice had been made, the whole village appeared to agree that she should be a queen indeed, and that the fullest homage should be paid to her. "

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Queen of the London Borough Enfield, Elaine Whyte.

"I am 28 and have lived down Green Street all my life. Every year as a child, me and my siblings would be excited to watch the carnival go past out road and see the carnival queen and all the floats. It would usually take between 20-30 minutes for the whole parade go past. This year, we didnít even realise it was going past till we heard the loud music whilst sat in the garden. We quickly walked down to see and all there was were three cars. The carnival queen and princesses all looked miserable and the lady who took our change was dressed like a seductive police woman! I couldn't believe it and how times have changed."

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The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Suffragan Bishop of Lynn blessing the Kingís Lynn Mart, Norfolk in 2013 which wasestablished by royal charter in 1577.

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Queen of Deeping St James, Mollie Markham Attended by Princess Phoebe Robinson.

"One of the highlights this year is sure to be The English Free Companye, a living history & battle re-enactment group."

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Mr Tony Smith, the King of the Guessers.

"Never lost a day to sickness"

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Nightrose Bridal Queen of Sleaford, Sara Brown escorted by Mr Jaygeb Brown.

"The people of Sleaford did us proud once again."

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Queen of Irthlingborough, Frankie Gent acknowledges her well-wishers as she is driven through the town accompanied by Deputy Queen Jessica Parker, Princess Mira and Princess Tia.

"Fully qualified beauty therapist."

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Queen of Aldeburgh, Hannah Osborne with attendants Bonnie Butterworth, Ellie Philpot and Matilda Salter. They are accompanied by Aldeburgh Mayor, Councillor Sara Fox.

"For once the fates were kind and the day heralded by a beautiful sunrise developed into what was undoubtedly the best day of the season so far as climatic conditions were concerned. Indeed, in the early afternoon the sun's rays were intense and would have been almost too much but for a gentle breeze which tempered the heat most agreeably."

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Queen of Stowmarket, Sian Copeman accompanied by Senior Princess Fern Margetson, Junior Princess Duclie Lynch & Junior Princess Ella Goodchild.

"In March, a public meeting, held to help organise the carnival, had only two members of the public attend. Those who attended were a district councillor and a former carnival queen following an appeal for help."

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Queen of Winster Wakes, Natasha Slater leading the people of her village to Holy Trinity church for blessings.

"We are also called to be generous to those in need."

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Queen of Teynham, Amber Petch accompanied by Princess Karla Barling & Princess Shannon Christian.

"Officials have defended accusations carnival courts are outdated and sexist. They have come under increased scrutiny since an annual contest was attacked on Twitter. Kathy Walsh wrote on the social media site: ìSomething for every young girl to aspire to, sitting on a milk float waving at drunk peopleî.

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Princess of Watton Twinning Association Jade Agent, attended by Miss Harriet Long, Miss Jessica Agent, Miss Hannah Crossley, Miss Alex Rolfe and Miss Marie Hutton

"The day began with a family worship event at 11am in Watton Pentecostal Church, before the town centre came alive with fairground games, childrenís rides and fund-raising charity stalls, with live music throughout the afternoon on a stage in Chaston Place."

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The children of Hunstanton, Norfolk celebrate the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William, to The Duchess of Cambridge.

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Queen of Corby Aimee Burlington, accompanied by Miss Amanda Sinclair, Miss Danielle Gaskell, Miss Zeenat Britt, Miss Laura Huxtable, & Miss Rebecca Hanratty.

"You must wear your sash and tiara at all events unless otherwise instructed."

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Buxton Well Dressing Queen, Katelyn Mycock with Personality Queen Tamara Jade Lacey, attendants Miss Alana May Ryan, Miss Bella Anderson, Miss Lily Bethan Colley, Rosebud Molly Olivia Voigt and page boy Jayden Kirk.

"Local dignitaries, including High Peak Mayor Tony Kemp, took part in the age-old service, the prequel to this Saturdayís carnival. The parade, led by the Fairfield Band, attracted large crowds as it wound its way from Higher Buxton to Spring Gardens and on to the Crescent, blessing in turn the Market Place Well, the Childrenís Well and St Annís Well."

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Queen of Skegness, Lincolnshire 2014, Chloe Brazier attended by Princess Jessica Davis and Rosebud Kimberley Ellis.

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Rose Queen of Wisbech Yazmin Holmes, with attendants Miss Alice Salmon and Miss Amelia Newby.

"She was presented with a bouquet, sash and trophy and will also receive a makeover photoshoot from Fotogenic, a special dress from Young Romantics, her hair done on the day by The Cutting Rooms and her nails done by Lisa Ball of Lisaís Nails."

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The Rose Queen of Irchester, Chelsea Daniels.

"Only a couple of months and the good weather and good times will be back."

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Queen of Cystic Fibrosis Trust & Junior Queen of Hasland, Shannon Winters.

"Hasland Gala was held in glorious weather with the official opening performed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf and his wife Vicky-Anne, who helped celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Hasland VIllage Hall."

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Queen of Cromer, Jade Armstrong is crowned by Olly Day. The Queen is attended by Junior Princess Bethany Cuff, senior Princess Jodie Rice, & Prince Oliver Fraser.

"For a town like Cromer it is important to keep certain traditions going."

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Two ladies attending the 2013 Cromer carnival parade in Norfolk await the arrival of the Queen.

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Rose Queen of Attleborough, Ashlee Mead accompanied by Princess Amy Tebble and Prince Louis Thorpe.

"The Queen and her court shall be entitled to free rides on the funfair on the day of the carnival."

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Queen of Sudbury, Darcie Crofton accompanied by Princess Phoebe-Louise Shepherd, Princess Fern Swain, Rosebud Lola Primrose Swain, and attendants Miss Sophie Smith Miss Rosa Swain, Miss Phoebe Swain, Miss Evie Winger & Miss Chloe Smith.

"Smart girls are the over-thinkers, the insecure ones, the different ones. They know what the real world is like. They analyse every little thing in life. Why? To avoid getting hurt. To find happiness. They stay up at night trying to think about every possible situation to get through all the problems. They think too much. They trust less people. Their insecurity proves their respect towards themselves. Of course they try to live away from a drama filled life. Smart girls know their worth, now that's the ones worth keeping by your side."

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Introducing court judges Mr & Mrs Frank and Jenny Poulton.

"Ollie, whose mother spoke to the Chronicle of his ordeal, had been walking home from the village carnival on September 21st carrying his prize goldfish when he was approached by two men in Ash Grove. They stole his jumper, shirt, shoes and £15 in cash after attempting to steal his mobile phone as well, leaving the schoolboy forced to walk home in just his trousers and socks."

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Petal Princess of Stalybridge, Faith McCulloch.

"Nothing ever happens in Stalybridge."

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Queen of Great Bentley, Abbie Bennett, hosts the Queensí Tea with Junior Princess Hannah Langford.

"The past is the past and it always will be. And if we try to erase it, it will just get worse and the tears we all cried are just a stepping stone in the path of life and a warning not to go back and sometimes we might try to go back thinking it's for the better but there's a reason it's the past. As for the future no one knows where that will lead, just take what you have learned and let life play itís game."

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Lavender Queen of Heacham, Shannon Tucker attended by Miss Seren Cartwright, Miss Libby Baker, Miss Trinity Lusher & Miss ,Lucy Whitemore.

'Another warm day for Heacham Carnival Parade, although a light breeze did keep the temperature down for those in costume. The Lavender Queen, Shannon, and her four princesses had the ahhhh factor atop their float filled with fragrant lavender plants as did the Heacham Rainbows who came as picnicking Flower Fairies taking the cup for Best Youth Entry."

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Queen of Hinckley, Danielle Oatridge.

"The carnival queen event saw five ladies battle it out in three rounds; bridalwear, eveningwear and a freestyle round where the girls could choose their own outfit and music. Danielle said: ìWearing the wedding dress from Lineyís Brides was my favourite part. If I got married that would be the dress I would want to wear, it was amazing.î In the end it was Danielle who came out on top, meaning she will now follow in the footsteps of her older sister Natasha who was carnival queen in 2012."

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2012 Queen of Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, Sophie Brewer, attended by Deputy Queen Anna Roberts, Senior Princess Coral Murphy, Junior Princess Carmen Plummer, Junior Princess Kelsey Gilmour.

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Queen of Trimley St Martin, Zoe Hiscock arrives on her Carriage, The Flying Lady accompanied by Symone Slater and Prince Declan Garry.

"Four weeks to go until Carnival day. Did you know that the Royal baby is also due that day?"

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Princess of Mendlesham Izzy Farrel accompanied by Attendant Milly Gant & Attendant Megan Shave.

"After Mass we processed around the village, where Fr Philip said a prayer at the village sign, then to the King's Head, where Paul kindly provided welcome refreshments. After that we went to St Joseph's Centre for a shared lunch."

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King of Duffield, Joe Loach attended by Miss Francesca Brannan Brown and Miss Mollie Pierrepoint.

"Girls do it every year, it wasn't open to boys. I decided to ask my Mum why can't boys do it. In the end it all changed and I'm here. I'm looking forward to waving at everyone, and everyone just enjoying it because that's just what I want them to feel."

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Queen of Coggeshall, Victoria Reardon accompanied by the frog prince.

"Girls and boys that don't respect someone elseís relationship, and still try to talk and flirt with people that are taken, are just as worse than the unfaithful. Go burn in Hell you little creatures."

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Queen of Dover & National Carnival Guild Queen, Leah Westwood accompanied by Princess Kit Leigh and Princess Morganne Ivory.

"Why is it u wear ur heart on ur sleeve to people then they get ur hopes up and then tell u that it's not working out or let u down?"

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Queen of Corringham & Stanford-le-Hope, Jordan Ward.

"I stood and waved and felt sorry for all the youngsters that did brave the weather."

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The good people of Brandon await the carnival parade.

"If you see anyone selling balloons, glowsticks or any other items please report it to any marshall wearing a Hi Viz jacket."

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Junior Queen of the Peak, Lauren Britain-Cartiledge escorted by the court of Chapel En Le Frith; Junior Queen Charlotte Jodrell, Princess Jasmine Fleming, Rosebud Kelsey Binning, and attendant Connie Oxbury.

"The event was held at Chapel-en-le-Faith Methodist Church, in front of invited visiting Village and charity royalty from around the Derbyshire and High Peak area. Due to not having Derbyshire Royalty for 2012/13 the Court of Queens part of the event was kindly hosted by Junior Queen of the Peak Lauren, who welcomed visiting Royalty from Derbyshire and surrounding areas along with Charity Royalty."

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King Conker of Southwick, David Jakins, presides over the World Conker Championships.

"The game will commence with a toss of a coin, the winner of the toss may elect to strike or receive. A distance of no less than 8" or 20cm of lace must be between knuckle and nut. A small piece of nut or skin remaining shall be judged out, it must be enough to mount an attack. If both nuts smash at the same time then the match shall be replayed. A player causing a knotting of the laces will be noted, three snags will lead to disqualification. The game will be decided once one of the conkers is smashed."

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Queen of Maldon, Sacha Willett with twins Oliver & Jack.

"At this time, all forthcoming carnival events are suspended."

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Queen of the Bailiwick of Jersey,Battle of the Flowers Rebecca Houze.

"My ambition is to get young people interested in Jersey dairy and the Jersey new potato."

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Queen of Eyam Wakes, Beckii Brindley is crowned by Mrs Felicity White. She is accompanied by Junior Queen Holly Thornton, Personality Queen Sophie Kellett, and Retiring Queen Sophie Andrews. "If thereís one thing Iíve learned in life, itís to fight. Fight for whatís right. Fight for what you believe in, whatís important to you. But most importantly, fight for the ones you love, and never forget to tell how much they mean to you while they're still alive."

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May Princess of Skegby, Jasmine Hannant.

"Community-minded residents in Skegby are organising a village fair to try and re-ignite some of its lost community spirit."

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2011 King of the Roma Gypsies of England, Ladislav Stojka.

"50 years ago they used to fight for the title. Whoever is the strongest is the king, but not now. Now it's a democracy."

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Queen of Ramsgate, Zoe Montellano accompanied by Princess Kirsty Freeman & Princess Cassidy Redford accept the trophy for first prize from Lady Mayoress of Canterbury CouncillorMrs Ann Taylor.

"It is beyond me how I've managed to come this far in such a short amount of time, I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me so far, you mean everything and without your help I wouldn't be where I am today. I'm looking forward to being on the court of Ramsgate 2014 with the most loveliest girls. Congratulations to the two lovely princesses I'm so lucky to have with me on this opportunity, proud to say I'm Miss Ramsgate."

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Hornsey Canival Queen Lauren Black Princess Elijaye Dankwa-Brown (left) & Princess Paris Minta.

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Prince and Princess of Pinchbeck, Jake Winkett & Elizabeth Neal.

"This year if you want to enter the Carnival Queen/Princesses/Prince competition you must complete your entry form in advance and you will also need to purchase a ticket to the talent show. This is because we only have a limited number of seats. However if the entrant is also taking part in the show, (say with the Guides), then we only need their competition entry form beforehand as they don't need to purchase a ticket."

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Saint George of England greets a customer at Auntie Pamís sweet shop, Bury St Edmunds. 2014

"St George will liberate car parking in Bury St Edmunds."

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2014 Queen of Wymondham, Wednesday Bachelor is escorted by Mayor Colin Foulger. They are chauffeured by Mr Mike Collins in his Bentley S3.

"Paleontologist and natural historian Wednesday Bachelor, who lives on Elise Way, was chosen to don the prestigious carnival queen tiara."

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Queen of Sittingbourne, Georgia Lane accompanied by Princess Ashleigh Taylor, and Princess Kendle Hunter.

'The girls were interviewed privately at the beginning of the evening by a panel of judges consisting of the Mayor of Swale, Councillor Sue Gent, Councillor Ben Stokes and Asdaís community life champion Claire Fosbeary who is also a former town queen."

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Wassail Queen of Headless Cross, Holly Pound leaves an offering to the sacred robin.

"Here's to thee, old apple tree. Whence thou may bud, and whence thou may blow. And whence thou may bear apples enow. Hats-full, caps full, bushel, bushel sacks full. And all of our pockets full too, hurrah! And a little bit to keep under the stairs."

'The girls were interviewed privately at the beginning of the evening by a panel of judges consisting of the Mayor of Swale, Councillor Sue Gent, Councillor Ben Stokes and Asdaís community life champion Claire Fosbeary who is also a former town queen."

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Queen of Knottingley & Ferrybridge, Melissa Green.

"Another nail in the coffin of Knottingley, future kids will not know what it was like having the carnival community event where all the streets were lined with people. The pubs were full, the park was an attraction. Nothing left in this town now to look forward to."

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1968 Queen of Bamford, Kate Gosney judging the deportment of visiting royalty assisted by her daughter ITV Weather Presenter Kerrie Gosney.

"Lost property found on carnival day or during the week, one white New Look cardigan size 12, one black CMD cardigan large, one pair of blue shoes size 4, a small child's drinking cup pink and yellow and pink and white flowered hat found together on bench."

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Queen of Tulip Radio 107.5, ambassador for South Holland Amy Cook accompanies Santa Claus as they are greeted by well-wishers.

"At one point in the search for Tulip Radio Tulip Queen, it almost seemed as if the young women of the district had turned their backs on the tradition of representing the areaís floral heritage."

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Queen of Sutton on Sea, Ann Moys.

"The crowd was also treated to a flypast by an impressive Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight."

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Queen of Lavenham, Jane Franzetta knights Trooper Ryan Hackett of the Household Cavalry. She is escorted by Corporal of Horse Jamie Elliot of the Blues & Royals, & Trooper Jacob Smith Longman of the Lifeguards.

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Queen of Glapwell, Shannon Wagstaff accompanied by Princess Aimee Morris & Junior Princess Poppy Mai Emery.

"High winds and bouts of rain have cancelled the popular Glapwell Carnival which was supposed to take place last weekend after a gap of more than 20 years. A spokesman for The Glapwell Community Development Group, who organise the festival, said: ìUnfortunately due to the bad weather report the committee voted to cancel the event for health and safety reasons.î

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Master Daniel Denzell, Recipient of the third prize St Breward Carnival.

"Carnival Week culminated in a colourful procession of costumed characters celebrating the silver anniversary of the event being reinstated in the village. One of the highlights of the procession was the appearance of past village royalty, including the 1948 carnival queen Dora Pearce, who arrived in a chauffeur-driven Bentley. The long and winding procession featured traditional characters, along with topical ones, and was led by members of the North Cornwall Hunt, which is based in the Bodmin Moor village."

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Queen of Wells, Lucy Harrison.

"Leaden rain clouds had been building up over Wells from latemorning, and the heavens opened in the afternoon just as the fancy dress judging was getting under way on the Buttlands. Not that this bothered some of the entrants, togged up from head to toe as Daleks, and even a pint-sized version of the Westminster clock tower housing Big Ben. And the rumblings came not from the skies but from ground level -and the thunderous percussion of the Norwich Samba Band."

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Queen of Sawtry, Libby Allwood attended by Junior Queen Jessica Wickham, Princess Milly Rush, Junior Princess Mia Price.

"I'm scared to get close and I hate being alone. I long for that feeling to not feel at all. The higher I get, the lower I'll sink. I can't drown my demons, they know how to swim."

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Flower Queen of Spalding, Inca Peekaboo Honnor with Miss Battle of Flowers Taye Le Monnier.

"Councillors had said attendances dropped to a level where it was difficult to justify supporting it. In its heyday, the parade attracted crowds of more than 100,000 people but attendances had dropped, with about 40,000 attending in 2012."

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Queen of Brightlingsea,Charleigh Street attended by Senior Princess Briony Armstrong and Junior Princess Skye Letchford.

"It was absolutely amazing for most of the day and then the heavens opened at about 4pm."

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Princess of Brightlingsea, Skye Claydon.

"Majorettes, dance troupes and Brightlingsea Church Lads and Girlsí Brigade were also among the procession which took an hour to get around the town and back to the recreation ground."

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Queen of Witham, Amy Chesson, Honorary Princess Ella Barden, Princess Cailey Hackett, and Princess Caitlyn Shaw.

"Majorettes, dance troupes and Brightlingsea Church Lads and Girlsí Brigade were also among the procession which took an hour to get around the town and back to the recreation ground."

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Gawthorpe Maypole Maid of Honour, Lily-May Broadhead is conveyed to the crowning of Queen Shannon McGroggan by Edward F Box funeral directors and undertakers.

"Susan Walshaw, of the Gawthorpe Maypole Committee, said the fairground rides had been coming for nearly 140 years and hoped a solution could be found that wouldnít result in scrapping it. She said: ìI can understand what the residents are saying, and on occasions there has been trouble on the last night the fairground has run. But perhaps if the youths were stopped from coming in gangs it would help the situation. It seems to be gangs coming from other areas that cause the problemsî.

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May Queen of Ickwell, Katie Bryant.

"A rosy crown we twine for thee, of floraís richest treasure. We lead thee forth to dance and sing, to mirth and youthful pleasure. Take, o take, the rosy, rosy crown. Take, take the rosy, the rosy crown."

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Rose Queen of Hale, Leoni Topping with consort Denby.

"She was driven through the village in an open top classic car. Seventy children followed behind in an open top bus and Rosebuds travelled in a trailer."

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Queen of Great Dunmow, Lucy Bennett gives the Queen's speech, attended by Princess Eloise Harley & Princess Katie Chimes. They are accompanied by Mayor Phillip Milne & Town Crier Mr Richard Harris.

"The girls will represent the town for a year and attend other carnivals across Essex, beginning in June, and be given dresses and shoes to make them stand out at the parades."

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Introducing court Judges, Mayor Jane Chapman, Mr Tony Chapman, & Mrs Joyce House.

"There was still no escaping the great British weather."

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Mr Alan Lonsdale of Chelmsford.

"I want to see the new Stars Wars film before I die."

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Queen (elect) of Ipstones Agricultural Show, Sophie Bond accompanied by her retinue, Chief Attendant Lara-Mai Bennett, Attendants Zoe Reeves, Olivia Boothe, Evie Kelly, Nya Griffiths, Shannon Needham, Leanne Eyre, Flower Girl Poppy Davies, and Crown Bearer Charlie Hanford, preside over the prize giving ceremony compered by Mr Graham Watkins and Councillor Elsie Fallows who honoured Leek & Moorlands Queen Grace Whalley and her pageboy.

"The heavy horse section again attracted a very strong entry with competitors from all over the country. The Supreme Champion was won by T J Yates of Belper. Reserve Champion went to John Williamson of Macclesfield. The champion sheep award was won by Paul Johnson of Bignall End."

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Queen of Bakewell, Lauren Sutherill.

"We had some drunks sleeping it off in the car park. They emptied all the rubbish out of the bin to sleep on. They left their house keys and a tip for the cleaners too."

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Queen of Sheringham, Lizzie Swanson with attendants, Megan Gladman, Emma-Louise Glover, Prince Ollie Harrison and Princess Amy Little. They are accompanied by author Mr Mark Pearson, Town Crier Mr Tony Nelson, and Mr Peter Moore, chairman of North Norfolk District Council.

"After inspecting a line-up of rolled-up trousers legs, she presented first prize to Sheringham man Clint Burton."

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Junior Queen of the South Midlands, Sienna Blanchard -Wood.

"Your ex is not your child's ex, they love your ex just as much as they did before. Do not talk down about someone they LOVE! Do NOT make them feel bad about loving their own parent! They did not choose this. Choose your kids first!"

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Miss Personality Queen of Flixton, Urmston & Davyhulme, Anna Kirrane, with Personality Rosebud Ffion Martin..

"A dress will be provided to use on the carnival day. This is returned at end of the day."

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Big Dave's Bitch. Fairground ride operator Whitehaven Carnival.

"Don't let my big tits scare you, Iím a really nice person"

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Queen of Southend on Sea,Chloe Davey, with Princess Madison Ball, Princess Carla Davey and Elkie.

"What is the most proudest moment in your life so far and why?"

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Queen of Beccles, Christine Soanes with Princess Bethany Newley and Princess Hannah Borton.

"I am really looking forward to the forthcoming year and meeting lots of new people along the way at different events, said the Morrisons shop assistant."

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Visiting Prince Patrick I Lohmann (Weisel, district of Rhein-Lahn, Rheinland-Palintinate, Deutschland), Miss Teen Suffolk, Emma Collingridge and Miss East Coast Curve, Natalie Moloney, presiding over Felixstowe carnival.

"You survived what you thought would kill you. Now straighten your crown and move forward like the queen you are."

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2014 Arthritis Gala Queen Shannon-Chelsey Kennady.

"You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate or bad luck or bad choices. Or you can fight back. Things arenít always going to be fair in the real world. Thatís just the way it is. But for the most part, you get what you give. The rest of your life is being shaped right now. With the dreams you chase, the choices you make, and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time. And the rest of your life starts right now."