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Queen Scarlett begins royal duties ahead of popular Ringwood carnival
THE final preparations for this year’s Ringwood Carnival are underway – and a year of royal duties has already begun for its queen.
Scarlett Smith, 16, has performed one of her first official visits ahead of the popular event, which will take place in late September.
She started her reign with a visit to the offices of her sponsor, Ellis Jones Solicitors, in Monmouth Court, Southampton Road.
Scarlett, who was accompanied by her attendants Paige I’anson and Taylor Button, said: “I’m really excited about the carnival.
“It should be absolutely great.”
This year’s carnival will get underway with a quiz at Trinity Church on Saturday, September 14.
The main carnival day is the following Saturday, September 21.
Scarlett said: “I’m normally on the Forest Forge float in the procession so it’s going to be strange, but very exciting, to be actually touring the floats as Carnival Queen.”
Michael Lingam-Willgoss, vice-chairman of the carnival committee, said this year’s event was on course to be another great community event.
“Ringwood Carnival really brings people together,” he said.
“It’s a fantastic event which is not only great fun but also raises thousands of pounds for charity.”
The carnival will feature an afternoon parade and an evening procession. Free events on The Bickerley include a fun fair, trade stands, the ‘village green’ with craft, charity and community stalls and a grand firework display evening finale.
The first Ringwood Carnival was held in 1929, and the event has been held every year since 1950.
Nigel Smith, Ellis Jones’ managing partner, said: “Ringwood Carnival is hugely popular and a highlight in the calendar. We’re very pleased to play our part in its continuing success.”
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