March 21, 2015
In photos: Abbi is crowned Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen

Eighteen year-old Abbi Fear has been chosen as Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen following a ceremony on Friday night (March 20th).

At a special selection evening held in Burnham's Ritz Social Club, the teenager was chosen by a panel of judges to lead this year's carnival parade.

The judges also picked this year's Princesses, 9 year-old Scarlet Puddy and 11 year-old Ruby Jane Barton.

Abbi told she is delighted to have been picked for the role. "It's an honour to have been chosen and I'm really looking forward to the carnival in November. I'm a big fan of the carnival so to be chosen for this role is really special!"

During the evening, each of the nominees was asked a question and encouraged to show their individual personality during a five-minute slot. The judges then assessed them and picked the winners after a performance by the Lisa Jane School of Dance.

Organiser Linda Bullimore told "We had a really good quality line-up of entrants again this year which made the judges' jobs all the more difficult to choose the winners, but it was a wonderful evening and we thank everyone for coming along and making it a success."

The queen's selection is the first event in the run-up to this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival, which is to be held on Monday November 9th.

The judges Phil New, Malcolm Borland, Zoe Hughes and Sam Lock with the new Queen and Princesses plus last year's queen Emma Nicholson

Some of the young contestants at Friday evening's event

Carnival Chairman Phil New with organiser Linda Bullimore and MC Tony Rees


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