Prince and princess complete Cromer Carnival’s ‘royal’ line-up

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer picked the final two members of its carnival 'royal' family on Sunday, at a prince and princess competition held at The Cottage pub, in Louden Road.

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The event was due to be held on the pier, but committee members decided to change the venue at the last minute because of wet and windy weather.

Tony Shipp, who, in August, celebrates his 48th year as carnival chairman, said competition numbers were down on last year.

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

'We didn't have quite as many enter, but we were pleased with the turnout considering the weather,' he added.

Twelve girls and five boys lined up in front of a judging panel made up of carnival sponsors, with eight-year-old Mercedes Howe chosen as princess and Jack Annison, 9, picked as carnival prince.

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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Second prize winners were Toby Davison, 10, and Amber Claxton, 9, with third place going to Chelsea Craske, 9, and Thomas Woods, 9.

Jack and Mercedes, both of whom are pupils at Cromer Junior School, will be crowned on August 12 alongside Miss Cromer Emma Thompson, senior attendant Amy Gibson, and junior attendants Angel Jablonowski, 11, and Melissa Lemmon, 12.

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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Miss Thompson, who is a Reception to Year 2 teacher at Hindringham Primary School, has been involved with the carnival since being a youngster, when she helped her grandparents, both of whom are former committee members, with children's events.

'It has been part of my life since I was little, so it is really lovely to represent Cromer at such a big family event,' she said.

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The carnival will kick off on 30 July with the first of two children's weeks, with the main carnival week running from August 11-17.

Mr Shipp said the annual event promised to follow a 'tried and tested' format, with something for everyone, whatever their age.

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Cromer Carnival prince and princess Jack Annison and Mercedes Howe. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

'We always try to add one or two new events and to build on past successes,' he added.

The committee is already making plans for next year, which will mark Cromer Carnival's 50th anniversary.

'We are hoping to bring back some old favourites, introduce some new events and generally try to make next year as special as we can,' Mr Shipp said.

For more information, and updates, visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk or the Cromer Carnival Facebook page.

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