Get ready for the carnival

eastbourne sunshine carnival poster winner 2013
eastbourne sunshine carnival poster winner 2013

It’s just one week to go until Eastbourne’s 2013 Carnival.

The seafront will be turned into a party extravaganza on Saturday May 25 from 4pm as the seafront procession makes its way from Princes Park up to the Western Lawns.

This week the Carnival Queen and Princess were chosen by a panel of judges. Eighteen-year-old Lucy Murphy and nine-year-old Paige Stockton beat off stiff competition from more than 100 entrants to take the titles.

Year 7 student at Cavendish School George Kuprianou-Hickman was also announced a winner in a competition to design the official poster advertising this year’s carnival.

Cavendish headteacher Kenny Fitzpatrick said, “George won the competition through his brilliant use of detail and warm, eye catching colour scheme.”

He was declared the winner by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd who visited the school this week.

The final preparations are now underway for the carnival and there are countless floats, walking entrants, marching bands and dance groups taking part.

Among them are the 1066 Harley Davidson Owners Group, Ability Hound, Bespoke Cycle Group, Bishop Bell CE School Samba Band, Bolivian Pride UK, Bugles & Drums of the Stedfast Association, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Domino’s Pizza, East Sussex Foster Care Association, Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA, Eastbourne Bonfire Society, Eastbourne Demelza House Support Group, Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Eastbourne Lifeguards, Eastbourne Lions Basketball Club, Eastbourne RNLI, Eastbourne Rotary Clubs, Eastbourne Skate Club, Eastbourne Territorial Army, Eastbourne Theatres, Eastbourne Working Mens Club, Euro Afro World/Destina Media/Empowering Media, Fairtrade Eastbourne, Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre, Friends of Princes Park, Greenpeace, Kingfisher Scout Band, Kings Church, Magicabula, Pentacle Drummers, Save the DGH Campaign, Senlac Highsteppers, Smiths Swimming Club, Sovereign FM, Sq Magazine, St Johns Meads CE Primary School, St Wilfrid’s Hospice and The Rattonians.

For details of the Carnival Queen and Princess see page 24.