A carnival queen and princess have been chosen to take part in the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival next weekend.
Organisers and judges say they were overwhelmed by the number of nominations for the two roles from girls and young women and thanked all those who entered.
They also say that in light of the nomination from bearded drummer Greg Draven, who thought the search was sexist, next year’s contest will be opened up to men and women.
The carnival queen is Dominique Teague, 23, and the princess is 10-year-old Lily Agrela.
Dominique was nominated by her boyfriend Lewis Laycock who said she is kind, extremely caring and always thinking of others.
Lewis said, “She’s always worked in jobs when care is vital, such as when she was a carer for the elderly and is currently working on a farm shearing sheep and also in a kennels looking after hundreds of dogs.”
Lily was nominated by her mother Laura Wilson who said, “She loves to sing, dance and perform, she is a natural. She is very confident and friendly.
“She is a school councillor chosen by her peers. She is very popular and I think she would love to be a princess for the day. I suffer ill-health and she is a rock helping me doing daily things and this would be a great way for me to say thank you to her for helping and taking are of me.”
The queen and princess will take part in the procession on Saturday, June 11. It starts at 4pm at the Western Lawns and processes along the seafront to Princes Park.
Thousands of people are expected to line the route of the carnival procession.
The Eastbourne Herald leads the search for the carnival royalty every year and this year the contest was criticised for being sexist and outdated.
Pentacle Drummers frontman Greg Draven applied for the role of carnival queen and his online campaign went viral with several national newspapers at home and abroad carrying the story. In light of his campaign the Herald and Gazette will open up the search for carnival royalty or ambassador role to men and women next year in the hope more men put themselves forward for the role.
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