The search for queen and princess goes on


The hunt is on to find a Carnival Queen and Princess for this year’s seafront extravaganza at the end of the month.

Organisers of the event are appealing for readers to send in their nominations for carnival royalty.

The two successful applicants will take pride of place on a float in the carnival which is on Saturday May 31 at 4pm.

Thousands of people are expected to line the seafront for the procession which makes its way this year from the Western Lawns to Princes Park.

Floats, marching bands, charities, drummers and individual artists will take part in the parade and organisers hope bucket collections will raise thousands of pounds for charities.

Carnival queen and princess hopefuls or their parents can send their details and photographs to the Eastbourne Herald and the shortlist will be judged by a panel and the winners announced in next week’s newspaper.

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

On the day the queen and princess will have their make up and hair done locally before heading to Claire de Lune in South Street to be dressed in specially chosen dresses.

Last year’s carnival royalty were teenager Lucy Murphy and Paige Stockton who were chosen by the panel of judges.

They had their hair done by Shannon at Saint’s Salon in Station Street before a beauty make over at the Benefit Counter in Boots. Paige chose to wear a dress of her own but Lucy opted for a blue and green sparkling dress from Claire de Lune.

They waved at crowds from a vintage car during the procession.

The closing date for nominations is Monday May 12. As well as emailing photographs and brief details, entries can also be sent to Carnival Royalty Search, Eastbourne Herald, Berkeley House, 26 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4SA.

Last year’s carnival raised £7,000. All the money raised came from voluntary contributions, of which £5,200 came from the bucket collection on the day and the remainder from advertisers and sponsorship. As with last year, half goes into the fund for next year’s carnival and half shared equally between 10 volunteer organisations that were in the carnival.