Top class: North Walsham student to lead 2017 Cromer Carnival

Miss Cromer 2017, Phoebe Susan Chambers, is pictured with last year’s Carnival Queen, Joanna Annison

Miss Cromer 2017, Phoebe Susan Chambers, is pictured with last years Carnival Queen, Joanna Annison, and this years Senior Attendant, Victoria Craske, following their appointments. Picture: Ally McGilvray - Credit: Archant

A North Walsham student will lead a summer of festivities in Cromer after being unveiled as this year's Carnival Queen.

Eighteen-year-old Phoebe Susan Chambers, from Cromer, was appointed following a selection evening in the town's Cliftonville Hotel tonight (Friday) after missing out last year.

She is currently studying health and social care, English literature and psychology at Paston Sixth Form College.

The teenager will be supported throughout her year in office by 27-year-old Cromer hairdresser Victoria Craske, who was appointed Senior Attendant.

When asked how she felt to be crowned Miss Cromer, Pheobe said: 'I am shocked and utterly delighted, I can't wait for the summer ahead.

'All my memories of summer in Cromer were children's week; I basically lived down the beach and I tried to go to all the events - it's probably one of my favourite weeks of the year.

'I tried to do it last year and then a couple of months ago I thought: 'Let's try this again'.'

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Last year's Carnival Queen Joanna Annison was on hand to offer advice to this year's principals.

However, it's not the first time this year's Senior Attendant has been a member of the royal party.

Victoria said: 'I was junior attendant in 2005 - 12 years ago. It was amazing.'

And, when asked what she was most looking forward to this year, she added: 'All of it.'

This year's Cromer Carnival will be run from July 31 to August 18.

Among the highlights this year will be the return of The Red Arrows on the main Carnival Day - Wednesday, August 16.

The appointments of the rest of the royal party will be made next month.

Reflecting on her year in office, Joanna said: 'Last year was absolutely brilliant - so much fun. I wish I could repeat it all but I'm going to let someone else have a chance.'

The competition for the Carnival Prince and Princess - for children in school years 3 to 6 - will be held on the forecourt at Cromer Pier on Sunday, May 7, at 3pm.

And the competition for a place as a Junior attendant - for children in school years 7 to 11 - will be held at The Cottage Freehouse, Louden Road, Cromer on Friday, May 12, from 7pm.

Entrants must live within the areas of Cromer, Suffield Park and the Parishes of Aldborough, Aylmerton, East and West Runton, Felbrigg, Hanworth, Northrepps, Overstrand, Roughton, Sidestrand, Sustead, Thorpe Market and Trimingham and be available for all events.

Looking forward to a summer of festivities, Cromer Carnival chairman Tony Shipp said: 'I've been involved for the last 47 years and it's great when it all starts again.

'It's interesting that out of the contestants, six of them have already been part of the royal party in the past so obviously they have enjoyed themselves and are coming back for more.'