Sunshine, songs and smiles at Sheringham Carnival crowning day

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand.

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sunshine, songs and smiling faces made for a spectacular first day of Sheringham Carnival, which launched on the Leas clifftop gardens with the crowning of the carnival queen and her attendants.

Former district councillor Hilary Nelson crowning Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby. Pictu

Former district councillor Hilary Nelson crowning Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The fun kicked off with a morning programme featuring a Newfoundland working dogs demonstration, children's games and activities, charity stalls, a display by True Motion dance troupe and circus skills demonstrations from Ramona Entertainments.

A Yak52 air display and music from Invidia Voices rock and soul choir entertained a sizeable crowd in the lead-up to the arrival of the royal party, who were led to a trio of gold-coloured thrones by town crier Andrew Cunningham-Brown, whose six-year-old daughter Lottie is this year's carnival princess.

Sheringham carnival princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival princess Lottie Cunningham-Brown. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Crowning the group was former district councillor Hilary Nelson, who was asked to take part in the ceremony in honour of her late husband, former carnival chairman Tony, who died last month after 30 years as Sheringham town crier.

Mrs Nelson, who was a district councillor for 20 years, also served for eight years on Sheringham Town Council as well as putting in a 40-plus-year stint as a carnival bucket collector and organising local beach cleans for 20 years.

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with daughters Maise, 6, and Lily, 14 months. Picture: K

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with daughters Maise, 6, and Lily, 14 months. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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In an emotional speech, she said Mr Nelson would have loved 'every moment' of the event and praised his successor Mr Cunningham-Brown.

'Although, to be honest, I was a bit worried, I was very honoured to be asked,' she added.

Sheringham carnival attendant Natasha Grand with daughter Layla. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival attendant Natasha Grand with daughter Layla. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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After crowning carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby, attendants Natasha Grand and Chloe Hambling and prince and princess Jack Yaxley and Lottie Cunningham-Brown, Mrs Nelson was thanked by carnival chairman Stuart McClean, who said the annual event would this year be dedicated to Mr Nelson's memory.

Abby, 24, whose daughters Maisie, 6, and Lily, 14-months, were watching the ceremony with their dad Matthew, said being carnival queen had exceeded all her expectations.

Former district councillor Hilary Nelson with Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby, attendant

Former district councillor Hilary Nelson with Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby, attendant Natasha Grand and prince Jack Yaxley. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

'I was excited and nervous at the same time, but as soon as you see all the people, it's just amazing,' she said.

'It is really lovely to have an opportunity to represent the town I grew up in and it is just wonderful having so much support from the community.'

Former district councillor Hilary Nelson crowning Sheringham carnival attendant Natasha Grand. Pictu

Former district councillor Hilary Nelson crowning Sheringham carnival attendant Natasha Grand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival attendant Chloe Hambling. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival attendant Chloe Hambling. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival attendant Natasha Grand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival attendant Natasha Grand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival volunteers Catherine Osborn, Paula Chapman and Elaine Twinn manning the carnival caravan on

Carnival volunteers Catherine Osborn, Paula Chapman and Elaine Twinn manning the carnival caravan on crowning day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand.

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Fun on the Leas at Sheringham carnival crowning day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Fun on the Leas at Sheringham carnival crowning day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Fun on the Leas at Sheringham carnival crowning day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Fun on the Leas at Sheringham carnival crowning day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Invidia Voices rock and soul choir perforning on Sheringham carnival crowning day. Picture: KAREN BE

Invidia Voices rock and soul choir perforning on Sheringham carnival crowning day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival royal family with former district councillor Hilary Nelson. Picture: KAREN BETHE

Sheringham carnival royal family with former district councillor Hilary Nelson. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival royal family. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival royal family. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival attendant Natasha Grand's daughter Layla and mum Karen watching the crowning ceremony on th

Carnival attendant Natasha Grand's daughter Layla and mum Karen watching the crowning ceremony on the Leas. KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand.

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand.

Sheringham carnival queen Abby Dowsett-Olby with attendants Chloe Hambling (left) and Natasha Grand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham carnival attendant Chloe Hambling. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham carnival attendant Chloe Hambling. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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