Could you be the next prince or princess of Beccles? The search is on to find carnival royalty

Last years Miss Beccles Christine Soanes taking part in the Beccles Carnival parade.

Last years Miss Beccles Christine Soanes taking part in the Beccles Carnival parade. - Credit: Nick Butcher

For the first time this year a prince is being sought to stand alongside Miss Beccles and her two princess attendants at Beccles Carnival.

The queen and princess roles have been part of Beccles Carnival for more than 50 years.

The winning contestants will represent the town at the carnival on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, as well as attending various functions, fundraisers and fetes and visiting other carnivals in the area throughout the year.

This year's selection afternoon will take place on Sunday, May 1, at Beccles Public Hall from 2.30pm and Beccles and Bungay Journal editor Amy Smith will be joining members of the carnival committee on the judging panel.

The princess role is open to girls between the ages of eight and 13, with the same age range for those wishing to become prince. And Miss Beccles is open to those aged 17 and over.

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Annette Tackley, one of the organisers, said: 'Due to many requests over the years we have decided to try and find a Beccles Prince for 2016.

'Our ideal prince would be friendly, have a nice smile, and wave to all the crowd.'

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All four winners will receive a cash prize and will be supplied with dresses or a suit to wear.

Yvette-Marie Tackley, also on the carnival committee said: 'We cannot stress enough that it is not a beauty contest – all contestants will be judged on their personality, poise and dress sense.

'We are looking for girls and boys that will represent the town and do it proud at various events during the forthcoming year all events.'

Tickets for the selection afternoon will be available on the door at £3 per person. Entry for competitors is free.

The competition is open to anyone who lives within an eight mile radius of Beccles.

Last year's Miss Beccles was mum of two Christine Soanes. She said: 'Being a mum and slightly older at 32 than previous carnival queens I thought I wouldn't really stand much of a chance of winning.

'So I was extremely pleased to be crowned Miss Beccles. I have truly enjoyed my year and wish I could keep my crown and carry on with my duties.

'I would encourage anyone to enter as it was such an enjoyable experience and one I will never forget.'

Miss Soanes was joined by Hannah Borton and Bethany Newly, who were chosen as the princesses.

For more information and an application form contact Annette on 01502 715671 or email

Entries must be returned by April 24 and will not be accepted on the day.

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