This Saturday will be a big day for Fleetwood as it marks the annual return of Carnival Day – and it’s also a big day for Hannah Praed.
Hannah , 12, of Larkholme Lane, will be crowned Carnival Queen 2015 as part of the day’s celebrations.
The Cardinal Allen pupil was selected for the special role back in March and has been looking forward to Carnival Day ever since.
She said: “I am really excited and honoured to be the queen.
“It’s a chance to represent the town and hopefully it will be a day I’ll always remember.”
And a special part of the big occasion will be the beautiful gown she will be wearing on the day.
The outfit – being kept safely under wraps until the big day – has been hand-made by Hannah’s mum, 44-year-old Jackie, and is dazzling white with a light blue train.
Hannah said: “I sat down with my mum and we looked at some of the dresses from previous years and thought about what would be most appropriate.
“We’ve sort of combined the styles of some of those other gowns and gone for a light and floaty effect, it’s really lovely.”
Proud dad David, 46, said: “It’s just like a wedding gown. I would feel proud taking Hannah gown the aisle in that gown, it’s quite special.”
Hannah will be joined by Catherine Hover as Prince Charming, Joseph Hover as page boy and princesses Helana and Rhianna Gleave and Summer and Eliesha Spore, all of whom will also be wearing pristine outfits for the big occasion.
Meanwhile, everything is set for Carnival Day itself on Saturday.
It remains one of the biggest events on the town’s calendar and organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout.
The crowning of the Carnival Queen takes place at 10.45am and the judging of the fancy dress and floats takes place at 11.45am. The parade moves off at 1pm and will follow a route from the Marine Hall, past the North Euston Hotel to Lord Street, along Poulton Street, Poulton Road, Carr Road and on to the Promenade and back to the Marine Hall.
Ann Hanvey, who co-ordinates the event, said: “We have had quite a few entries now and a few new ones too so we are hoping for a great procession - fingers crossed now for the weather! Thank you also to those who have volunteered to help, we have had a good response.”
Once back at the Marine Hall there will be a fun-packed day with children’s rides, face painting, a penalty shoot out, food stalls, a bouncy castle various stalls, hog roast and barbecue.”
Due to unforeseen circumstances however, Disco Inferno will not be performing in the Marine Gardens.
To take part in the Carnival by entering a float, fancy dress or to help by handing out leaflets, call Vicci on 07712 615930 or alternately call Ann on (01253) 850080.