Kettering carnival court ready to reign

Athena Georghiou, eight, (Junior Queen), Elisha Thompson, 19, (Carnival Queen), Brogan Thompson, 15, (Carnival Princess), Ellie May Turner, eight, (Junior Princess)

Athena Georghiou, eight, (Junior Queen), Elisha Thompson, 19, (Carnival Queen), Brogan Thompson, 15, (Carnival Princess), Ellie May Turner, eight, (Junior Princess)

0
Have your say

The quartet who will represent a town in carnivals across the region over the next 12 months has been revealed.

Carnival Queen Elisha Thompson, 19, Carnival Princess Brogan Thompson, 15, Junior Queen Athena Georghiou, and Junior Princess Ellie May Turner, both eight, have been selected as the town’s carnival court for 2013-14.

The four will be crowned on Thursday, August 15, two days prior to Kettering Carnival. Participants in the annual event will be raising funds for the Kettering and District Amalgamated Clubs for the Blind.

They were selected at an event at the Ise Lodge Community Centre by a panel of judges, who took into consideration a variety of factors including the girls’ personalities and their comportment.

The girls’ chaperone, Shirley Walker, said the crowning ceremony would take place at the Athletic Club, featuring representatives from the court in Kettering’s twin town, Lahnstein.

She explained: “The retiring court are decrowned and the new girls come in and take their place for the year.”

Mrs Walker, who has been chaperone to the junior girls since 1971 and to all four representatives since 1978, added: “They will visit all the local carnivals and support them all in September and in June and July next year.”

Local carnivals in September include those held in Irthlingborough and Raunds, with the girls having to wait until next summer before taking part in most other events in the region, including in Wellingborough, Oundle, Desborough and Rothwell.

The four also have the opportunity to visit Lahnstein in western Germany in March next year.

Elisha and Brogan are sisters, and Mrs Walker revealed that – with the exception of one year when twins were selected – it was the first time siblings had been chosen to represent Kettering.