Barnstaple carnival is less than five months away and the search for this year’s royalties are under way.

The Barnstaple carnival committee is looking for a carnival queen and two carnival princesses to lead the procession on September 22.

This year, there will also be a new mini-royalty category for one girl and one boy or two girls and two boys, aged between five and six.

The deadline for applications for all categories is Friday, May 25.

Participants must live in the postal district of Barnstaple.

The queen needs to be aged between 13 and 18 at the time of the event, while princesses must be aged between seven and 12.

Prize money includes £250 for the queen, £100 per princess and £25 per mini royal.

The judging will take place at Barnstaple Hotel on Thursday, June 28 at 7pm.

To enter, visit www.barnstaplecarnival.org.uk