Memories of a carnival queen

Jean Brook as carnival queen in 1963
Jean Brook as carnival queen in 1963

FORMER 1960s carnival queen Jean Brook has been taking a trip down Memory Lane as plans for this year’s Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival get underway.

Jean lives in Glebe Close, Old Town and was Carnival Queen in 1963 when she was 17-years-old.

One of the spectacular floats in the procession

One of the spectacular floats in the procession

She was appointed, along with her two carnival princesses, during a ball at the Winter Garden.

“The judges just used to walk around during the dance and choose who they wanted to be Carnival Queen,” said Jean.

“I had a great time during my year as Carnival Queen. I visited old people’s homes, all sorts of places, and then of course we got to sit on the float during the carnival which was always on a Wednesday afternoon in those days.

“It was great fun and I have many happy memories of my time as Carnival Queen.”

The Birds Eye float

The Birds Eye float

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