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Sheringham Carnival’s ‘royal family’ chosen at selection event

PUBLISHED: 16:01 14 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 14 April 2018

Sheringham carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants  Caitlin Doran (left) and Niamh Craske. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants Caitlin Doran (left) and Niamh Craske. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Sheringham is a “great place to live”, according to the town’s new carnival queen, who was chosen at an afternoon tea-style selection event held at Station Road café The Kitchen.

Sheringham carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran. Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Eighteen-year-old student Mollie Gallon said she was thrilled to be picked to represent the town at this year’s event, which kicks off on July 29 with the traditional crowning day at the Leas clifftop gardens.

She added: “Sheringham is a very close community, so it is a nice feeling to be part of the carnival and have a chance to give something back.”

Sheringham carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran. Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham carnival queen Mollie Gallon with attendants Niamh Craske (left) and Caitlin Doran. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Mollie, who juggles working part time as a waitress with studying for A Levels in psychology, sociology and religious studies at Sheringham Sixth Form Centre, lives with her family on the outskirts of Sheringham Park.

The youngest of four siblings, she eventually hopes to set up a childminding service with her sister Leanne.

“I love children, so the carnival event I think I am most looking forward to is the prince and princess selection dance,” she said.

Mollie and her attendants - fellow Sheringham High School students Niamh Craske, 16, and Caitlin Doran, 18, - were joined at the selection event by carnival committee member and chaperone Della McClean, last year’s queen Abi Dowsett-Olby, former attendant Natasha Grand and assistant chaperone Lizzie Swanson, who is also a former carnival queen.

Mrs McClean, whose husband Stuart is carnival chairman, said being carnival queen was a chance to support the community.

“It definitely isn’t a beauty contest and we purposely didn’t have a judging panel this year to get away from the idea of parading around,” she added. “Being carnival queen is about having Sheringham’s interests at heart, representing the town and, as any of our girls will tell you, it looks great on your CV.”

Mollie, Niamh and Caitlin will perform their first ‘royal’ duty on July 28, when they will welcome more than 300 motorcyclists to the annual Fakenham to Sheringham Harley Davidson ride-out.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Mollie said. “There is just so much going on in Sheringham and everyone gets involved.”

Sheringham Carnival committee members would be pleased to hear from anyone willing to help with events. For more information, visit the carnival Facebook page.

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