Prince and Princess Jack and Lottie complete Sheringham Carnival ‘royal’ family

Six-year-old Sheringham Carnivall princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown with prince Jack Yaxley, 8. Pictu

Six-year-old Sheringham Carnivall princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown with prince Jack Yaxley, 8. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Two pint-sized additions to Sheringham carnival's 'royal' family were chosen at a selection disco held at the town community centre.

Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Six-year-old princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown, whose dad Andrew is Sheringham's town crier, and prince Jack Yaxley, 8, will join carnival queen Abbie Dowsett-Olby and attendants Chloe Hambling and Natasha Grand on the Leas at Sunday's crowning ceremony.

Attractions at the disco, which has been organised for the past eight years by staff and supporters from Ladybird Pre-School Nursery, included face painting, a nail bar, a teddy tombola, refreshments and a temporary tattoo stand.

Six-year-old Sheringham Carnival princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown with pal Maisy, also 6. Picture: K

Six-year-old Sheringham Carnival princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown with pal Maisy, also 6. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

After dancing to pop songs played by community centre stalwart Alfie Cox, youngsters waited with bated breath for carnival chaperone Della McClean to announce the winning pair, both of whom are pupils at Sheringham Primary School.

Abbie, 24, said picking the prince and prince had been 'quite a challenge'.

Two-and-a-half-year-old 'butterfly' Evie having fun at Sheringham carnival prince and princess selec

Two-and-a-half-year-old 'butterfly' Evie having fun at Sheringham carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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'The children were so chatty and there were some lovely little characters so it was very difficult to choose,' she said.

Mrs McClean, whose husband Stuart is carnival chairman, said that with the carnival family complete, organisers were now looking forward to crowning day on Sunday, which will kick off at 11am with a Newfoundland working dogs demonstration on central beach and children's games and activities on the Leas.

Eight-year-old Sheringham Carnivall prince Jack Yaxley. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Eight-year-old Sheringham Carnivall prince Jack Yaxley. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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Other attractions will include stalls, a climbing wall, music from Invidia Voices rock and soul choir, a hog roast, a display by True Motion Dance troupe, circus skills demonstrations from Ramona Entertainments and a Yak52 air display.

Crowning the carnival queen at 2pm will be former North Norfolk district councillor Hilary Nelson, who was asked to take part in the ceremony in honour of her late husband Tony, who died last month after 30 years as Sheringham town crier.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Jameson having fun at Sheringham carnival prince and princess selection disc

Two-and-a-half-year-old Jameson having fun at Sheringham carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The couple were both heavily involved in the carnival for many years, with Mr Nelson putting in two stints as chairman.

Mrs McClean said: 'Tony was a stalwart of the carnival who is greatly missed. He was the one who got Stuart and I involved and, although we were thrown in at the deep end, he was always there to give us advice, so we wanted to do something to honour his memory.'

Carnival Queen Abbie Dowsett-Olby and attendant Chloe Hambling with two-and-a-half-year-old 'butterf

Carnival Queen Abbie Dowsett-Olby and attendant Chloe Hambling with two-and-a-half-year-old 'butterfly' Evie. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival Queen Abbie Dowsett-Olby with prince Jack Yaxley, 8. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Carnival Queen Abbie Dowsett-Olby with prince Jack Yaxley, 8. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Waiting for the winners to be announced at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco.

Waiting for the winners to be announced at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Waiting for the winners to be announced at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco.

Waiting for the winners to be announced at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham Carnival attendant Chloe Hambling with siix-year-old princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown Pic

Sheringham Carnival attendant Chloe Hambling with siix-year-old princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sophie, 10, and pal Maisie, 7, having fun at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco

Sophie, 10, and pal Maisie, 7, having fun at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Jasmine, 9, and Hetty, 14 months, at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Pictur

Jasmine, 9, and Hetty, 14 months, at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Lexi, 10, at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Lexi, 10, at Sheringham Carnival prince and princess selection disco. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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