Angel of Wells lifeboat crowned carnival queen

Angel Eaglen (centre) pictured, from left, with attendants Adelaide Curtis, Cheyanne Forshaw, Shanno

Angel Eaglen (centre) pictured, from left, with attendants Adelaide Curtis, Cheyanne Forshaw, Shannon Forshaw, Keiron Duncan and Amelia Ambrose. Picture: Cy Campbell - Credit: Archant

This year's Wells Carnival Queen might have to drop everything, dash to the boathouse, pull on her waterproofs and dive into the lifeboat if there's a shout.

Lifeboat crew member Angel Eaglen, who is this year's Wells carnival queen. Picture: Ian Burt

Lifeboat crew member Angel Eaglen, who is this year's Wells carnival queen. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

For as well as leading Saturday's colourful carnival parade, 19-year-old Angel Eaglen is a fully-fledged member of the lifeboat crew.

That can mean a mad scramble to go to sea and save lives if her pager goes off, signalling a call-out.

'I can be dressed up all glamorous and in full makeup and the next minute, I'm in my lifeboat gear and out on a shout or having to help scrub the boat down after a launch,' said Angel, who lives in Wells.

The sea is in Angel's blood. Her grandfather, Phil is the lifeboat's tractor driver and her uncle Darren is also on the crew at Wells.


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In September she is off to join the Merchant Navy as an engineer officer cadet at Warsash Maritime Academy, at Southampton, having taken a diploma in engineering at the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn.

Angel also looks after the lifeboat station's Facebook page.

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Thousands are expected to line the streets and quayside for Saturday's carnival parade, which sets off at 3pm.

There will be a hog roast, barbecue and ice cream, along with side stalls and children's rides on the recreation ground.

Funds from a bucket collection along the route will be donated to charitable groups and good causes in and around Wells.

For a full listing of the events taking place at Wells Carnival, click here.

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