Barnstaple carnival royalty get ready for town’s big day

Barnstaple carnival queen Lauren Adams (centre) is pictured with carnival princesses, Errin Fee (lef

Barnstaple carnival queen Lauren Adams (centre) is pictured with carnival princesses, Errin Fee (left) and Holly Griffin. - Credit: Archant

Lauren, Errin and Holly chosen to lead the parade on September 21.

BARNSTAPLE is getting ready for carnival day on Saturday, September 21 – and that includes this year’s carnival royalty.

Petroc A-level student Lauren Adams, 16, from Barnstaple, has been chosen to lead the parade as carnival queen.

She will be accompanied by carnival princesses, Errin Fee, 8, also from Barnstaple, and Holly Griffin, 9, from Landkey.

The girls applied to take part and were selected during interviews at the Barnstaple Hotel on August 19.

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The selection panel included Barnstaple Carnival Committee chairman Andy Shiner, deputy mayor Val Elkins and Maureen Thomas of St John Ambulance.

Former Pilton Community College pupil Lauren, who is chairman of Barnstaple Youth Council, said she was already excited about the big day.

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“It will be great to be part of the parade; I’m looking forward to riding in the horse and carriage.”

Errin, who attends Our Lady’s School, is in the Brownies and a keen ballet dancer. Holly, who goes to Landkey Primary, is also a Brownie and enjoys cross-country running.

Barnstaple Carnival is part of the ancient Barnstaple Fair celebrations, said to be as old as the town itself.

The fair will be opened during a traditional proclamation ceremony in the Guildhall on Wednesday, September 18. Speakers will include the North Devon Gazette’s Graham Harris, who will be responding to a toast to the prosperity of Barnstaple.

See next week’s Gazette for information about the fair and carnival routes and times.

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