HAILSHAM: Search on for Carnival Queen

Last year's carnival queen, Ruby Hamadai. Picture by Andrew Campbell
Last year's carnival queen, Ruby Hamadai. Picture by Andrew Campbell

LARK in the Park is looking for the next Hailsham Carnival Queen and Princess.

People wishing to take part still have time to play a key role in what promises to be the biggest and most colourful carnival to date.

The contest, organised by the Lark In The Park charitable trust in association with Hailsham Town Council and sponsorship provider Asda, is open to any female aged 15 to 21 (Queen) or 10 to 14 (Princess), and entrants must reside, work or study within the Hailsham parish boundary.

The Queen and two Princesses will attend Hailsham Carnival on Saturda June 18, and must agree to other town-related events during the year as an ambassador for Hailsham.

Entrants may take part as individuals or as representatives of clubs, charities, businesses or other associations acceptable to the organisers.

The prize for the newly-crowned Hailsham Carnival Queen is £100, and the two runners-up (Princesses) will each receive £50.

The Carnival Queen Selection and Coronation Night is at the Hailsham Community Hall on Saturday, April 16.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Councillor Robin Kempe, a member of this year’s judging panel, encouraged those with a stand out personality, character and a strong Hailsham focus to come forward.

“The Carnival Queen competition is an important event in Hailsham’s calendar, and Queens and Princesses are promised a year packed with fun, acting as an ambassador to Hailsham at a number of events.,” he said.

Steve Reynolds, director of the Lark In The Park Charitable Trust said, “I would like to thank in advance last year’s Carnival Queen, Ruby Hamadai, who will officially hand over her crown on the Selection Night, when the new Carnival Court will be chosen.”

“This is a community event for everyone in Hailsham to be involved - businesses, schools, youth groups - in fact let’s make 2011 the biggest and most colourful Hailsham Carnival ever!”

The deadline for entries is Thursday March 31.

Application forms, including full competition rules, can be downloaded at www.larkintheparkcharity.org.uk.

Alternatively, forms are also available for collection at the town council offices, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham.