Search for carnival queen and princess

Last year's winners Charlotte White and April Horscraft
Last year's winners Charlotte White and April Horscraft

The search is to finds this year’s Eastbourne Carnival royalty to lead the procession in May.

A carnival queen and princess will head the parade which is taking place along the seafront on Saturday May 30.

As in previous years the Eastbourne Gazette & Herald is leading the search for the carnival court.

The competition is open to girls and young women from Eastbourne and the surrounding areas.

There is no lower or upper age limit but successful candidates must be available on the day of the carnival and for publicity shots in the run up to the seafront procession.

Carnival royalty hopefuls or their parents can send photographs and brief details to or send them by post to Carnival Queen and Princess, Eastbourne Herald, Berkeley House, 26 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4SA.

The closing date for entries is Monday May 11.

A panel of judges will make their decision by Thursday May 14 and the winners will be notified and announced on Friday May 15 in the Eastbourne Herald.

Members of the public can nominate who they would like or individuals can submit nominations themselves.

Last year’s winners were Carnival Queen Charlotte White, and Princess, seven-year-old April Horscraft.

At last year’s carnival thousands of people lined the route to watch floats, marching bands, drummers and individual artists.

Thousands of pounds were raised for charity through bucket collections on the night.

This year’s event, the fourth since returning after a gap of 15 years, will have a Victorian Eastbourne theme.

Pageant master Dave Cooper said, “The carnival queen and princess are an important part of the carnival.

“We are looking forward to hearing from people who want to join in the fun of being in the carnival court and spectacular of the procession.”

Further information on the carnival, sponsored by Legal and General, is available at