New King and Queen prepare for their big day

Chelsea Spence
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THE HUNT for an Eastbourne Carnival King and Queen is over and the Herald can reveal today that Stewart Dey and Chelsea Spence have been chosen.

Almost 50 people entered the contest to find a king and queen to take part in the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival next Saturday (June 2).

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea was nominated by her family because of the way she looks after her younger sister Connie-Jean, who is severely disabled.

Chelsea’s dad Stephen said in his nomination, “I am nominating Chelsea because I feel she would make a great queen and would be a very good role model for all ages.

“She helps us as a family to look after her sister Connie-Jean who is severely disabled due to a brain abnormality.

“Chelsea has helped the Save The DGH campaign and was at the front of the first march and escorted her mum at the Mother’s Day March.

“She has also raised money for Demelza Hospice and the Dame Vera Lyn School for Parents. I feel Chelsea works hard at college, work and home and is a true advertisement for Eastbourne.”

Chelsea is a full time student at Lewes College and also has a weekend job as a sales advisor in the Arndale Centre.

This year’s Eastbourne’s Carnival King is Stewart Dey, who is 30 and lives in Eastbourne.

The two were chosen from countless entries and the competition was judged by former Eastbourne Carnival Queen of 1979 Linda Walker and Herald and Gazette chief reporter Annemarie Field.