6:20pm Monday 10th June 2013
A NEW queen was crowned over the weekend in preparation for this year's annual Pill Carnival.
On June 9, 47 hopefuls between the ages of five and 16, crowded through the doors of the Pill Millenium Centre, to stand a chance at being picked to be part of the carnival's float parade.
Abbi Wysome, 14, was crowned this year's Pill Carnival Queen and said she was "overwhelmed."
"I have done it every year, it seems like tradition and it is nice to represent your community," Miss Wysome said.
Having taken part in the parade as a flower girl, a court lady and as last year's runner up, Miss Wysome was thrilled to be crowned queen in the final carnival she will participate in.
"Hopefully next year I will be able to crown whoever becomes Queen."
The competitors took to the centre's stage where compère Scarlet Thomas-Perry, 19, spoke to them about why they wanted to be part of the carnival.
"I think a lot of people think things like this are purely based on looks but it's not," Miss Thomas-Perry said.
"We look for personality."
A panel of three judges decided who out of the 47 girls would get the chance to ride the carnival float, the theme of which remains top secret.
A queen, runner up, five flower girls and five court ladies were selected to go on the float which heads the carnival procession.
Organiser Ann Barton said the day had been great.
She said:" "If we had our way we would get every kid involved on the float.
"It is very difficult choosing who to go on."
If anyone would like to enter a float into this year's carnival in August, entry forms can be picked up at AB Florist, Commercial Road, Newport.
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