Carnival royals given crowns at ceremony

Carnival Rosebud Precious Stewart-Coates being crowned at the RNLI Open Day. Photo: Barry Robinson.
Carnival Rosebud Precious Stewart-Coates being crowned at the RNLI Open Day. Photo: Barry Robinson.

Joy mixed with the odd tear as the Skegness Carnival Royalty were crowned at an emotional ceremony.

The competition held at the Suncastle Pub saw Danielle Shipley win the 2015 Carnival Queen competition.

Ashleigh Froud was chosen as Princess and Millie Irving and Precious Stewart-Coates selected as Rosebuds.

Entrants were led on stage to answer questions and explain why they would like to be chosen.

Skegness Mayor Carl Macey, town manager Lisa Collins, Chamber of Commerce chairman Tony Tye and SECWHA chairman William Hutchinson acted as judges.

During the evening a video was shown called ‘The Journey’ with images from events attended by last year’s carnival royalty.

Tears were shed as outgoing Queen Chloe Brazier, Princess Jessica Davis and Rosebud Kimberley Ellis joined former Mayor George Saxon for a presentation.

Carnival Queen liaison Pat Brown said: “It was very emotional, the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and met so many people. They did a really good job and got on so well.

“We had them up on the stage and there were tears.”

She added: “It was a difficult job for the judges, but everyone said what a fantastic evening it was.”

Last year’s Rosebud Kimberley, 10, who led the contestants on stage said: “We all really enjoyed it last year and became like a family.”

The new Carnival Royalty attended their first engagement at The Skegness RNLI open day on Sunday and are due to attend the annual illuminations switch-on on August 8.

Carnival Queen, Danielle 15, who is home schooled said: “I am really happy, cannot wait to do all the events and am really going to have a great year.

She added: “We went up on the stage to be crowned by last year’s winners and now I just want to be a part of all the events, meet new people and I am looking forward to a busy year ahead.”

Carnival Princess Ashleigh, 13, who attends Skegness Grammar School said: “I am really looking forward to being in the carnival parade. We will go around on a horse and carriage at the front of the parade.”

She added: “I was in shock for two hours after hearing my name called as the winner, but it is starting to sink in now.”

The two rosebuds Millie, 10, and nine-year-old Precious, were chosen as joint winners after securing equal votes from the judges.

Precious was crowned by former Rosebud Kimberley during the RNLI Open Day at Skegness Lifeboat Station.

Millie attends Richmond School and Precious is a pupil at Seathorne Primary School.