Search is on for Eastbourne carnival royalty

Queen Natasha Bellham-Occardi, Ellie Blackford (6) Princess. SUS-150515-074543001
Queen Natasha Bellham-Occardi, Ellie Blackford (6) Princess. SUS-150515-074543001

The search is underway to find carnival royalty to lead the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival next month.

The seafront procession is on Saturday, June 11, and the carnival queen and princess will take pride of place among the floats.

Carnival Queen & Princess SUS-140106-213845001

Carnival Queen & Princess SUS-140106-213845001

As in previous years the Eastbourne Gazette & Herald is leading the search for the carnival court and people have just under a week to send in a photo of themselves and a few words as to why they want to be carnival royalty.

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 23.

Last year Natasha Bellham-Occardi and Ellie Blackford were chosen as the carnival court.

The carnival queen and princess are an important part of the annual carnival.

Carnival pageant master Dave Cooper said, “This year’s carnival promises to be the biggest and best ever and all we need to do now is to find our carnival royalty who will play an important part in the procession.

“The return of the carnival to Eastbourne after a 15-year break in 2012 was a fantastic success and once more the sounds of bands and classic vehicle engines will merge for an event bigger and better in 2016.

“The take up by entrants last year surpassed previous years and we are looking to build on that. The event is a celebration of our fantastic town and its even more fantastic communities, of which there are many.”

President of the Sunshine Carnival and former MP Stephen Lloyd, who restarted the carnival, said, “I am absolutely delighted our carnival is now in its fifth year. It’s become a popular fixture for our town and I know this year will be the best ever. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

The procession will start at 4pm from Grand Parade by the Western Lawns and make its way down the seafront to Princes Park.

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