Carnival court girls will be the crowning glory

Carnival court
Carnival court

FOUR girls cannot wait to represent their town after they were selected as a carnival court.

Judges chose Carlie Cope, 18, as Kettering Carnival Queen at the town’s Conservative Club on Saturday.

Lauren Mehmet, 14, will be senior princess, Courtney Barnes, 10, junior queen and Charlotte Larmour, eight, junior princess for the carnival on Saturday, August 18.

Shirley Walker, 71, who has been chaperone to the court since 1978, said: “I’m very pleased.

“They are very nice girls.

“They are all very excited and can’t wait for the crowning night.”

Judges Helen Hughes, who was queen in 1999 and 2001, and Roger and Pauline Bull, who own travel company RB Travel, which takes the court to Kettering’s German twin town Lahnstein’s carnival each year, chose the girls from seven senior hopefuls and eight juniors based on their personalities and deportment.

The girls, who are all from Kettering, were quizzed by the judges and the seniors each had to give a speech.

The foursome will be crowned at Kettering Athletic Club, Rockingham Road, two days before the carnival.

On the day, which raises money to be given to the town’s blind at Christmas, the court will visit the mayor’s parlour in the municipal offices in Bowling Green Road in the morning.

They will then receive visiting courts from other towns at the Athletic Club before taking part in the parade through the streets.

After the parade all the courts have tea with the mayor before heading back to the Athletic Club for a disco at night.

Trophies, including court of the day, queen of queens and princess pairs, will be awarded at the disco.

The court will represent the town at about nine other carnivals around the region as well as travelling to Lahnstein in February or March.

Mrs Walker, of Bath Road, who got involved with the carnival after her eldest daughter was crowned the town’s first junior queen in 1971, said: “Most girls obviously have a certain amount of confidence, but a year of being a carnival court gives them greater confidence in life.”

To enter the parade, or for more information, visit www.kettering