Carnival chiefs pick their ‘royal’ family

CARNIVAL GIRLS: from left, Bethany McCormick (Carnival Princess), Macy Ellis (Lady-in-waiting), Courtney Cutter (Carnival Queen), Leah Pendelbury (Lady-in-waiting) and Holly Wilkinson (Carnival Princess)
CARNIVAL GIRLS: from left, Bethany McCormick (Carnival Princess), Macy Ellis (Lady-in-waiting), Courtney Cutter (Carnival Queen), Leah Pendelbury (Lady-in-waiting) and Holly Wilkinson (Carnival Princess)

MEET the girls who will take pride of place at this year’s special ‘175’ edition of Fleetwood Carnival.

MEET the girls who will take pride of place at this year’s special ‘175’ edition of Fleetwood Carnival.

Organisers staged a special selection ceremony for Fleetwood Carnival Queen and were delighted when nine girls took part in the event, held at Fleetwood Working Men’s Club on Sunday.

The new Carnival Queen is nine-year-old St Mary’s Catholic pupil Courtney Cutter.

She will be joined by Carnival Princesses Holly Wilkinson, aged seven, who also attends St Mary’s, and seven-year-old Bethany McCormick, a pupil at Charles Saer Primary School.

Chosen as ladies-in-waiting were Larkholme Primary School pupil Leah Pendlebury, aged eight, and 10-year-old Macy Ellis, of Charles Saer.

Carnival spokesman Lyn Riley, said: “We were very pleased with the turn out, and the attitude of all the girls who came along.

“It will be a year to remember for them, because this year’s carnival will be extra special.

“We have some exciting plans to coincide with Fleetwood’s 175th birthday.”

Carnival Day takes place this year on Saturday, June 25.

There was disappointment on Sunday, however, after an appeal for former Carnival Queens to attend met with a response by only four ladies.

Lyn said: “There are so many ex-queens still in Fleetwood, I expected more and was very disappointed.

“We wanted something different and special for 175 and thought some of the former queens would love to get involved. There’s still time.”

Contact Lyn on (01253) 779927.