Can Emma become new Southsea Carnival queen?

112286_CARNIVAL_QUEEN_27/06/11''(left) Ashley Harley has nominated her friend (right) Emma Saunders to be this year's carnival queen for her selfless work at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (112286-973)
112286_CARNIVAL_QUEEN_27/06/11''(left) Ashley Harley has nominated her friend (right) Emma Saunders to be this year's carnival queen for her selfless work at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (112286-973)

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SHE always puts others before herself, and for this Emma Saunders has been nominated to become this year’s carnival queen.

Mum-of-three Emma has been nominated for the title by friend and colleague Ashley Harley.

The pair work together as ushers at The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea.

Ashley, 46, of Park House, Clarence Parade, Southsea, said: ‘Just over a year ago my mum died suddenly.

‘She had been out shopping in Fareham and collapsed.

‘I hadn’t been at the Kings that long and Emma was so sweet to me. She got her little boy Elijah to draw me a picture and gave me an Easter egg to make me feel better.

‘It’s little things like that that make Emma so special.

‘She’s a really lovely person and she’s always there if you ever have any problems.

‘She’s always really busy and is such a caring parent to her children.’

Emma, 33, of Meon Road, Milton, said she was surprised with her nomination.

She said: ‘I was very surprised to be nominated.

‘Ashley has said so many nice things about me. The nomination has bewildered me. I don’t think I’m doing anything that special, but it’s lovely to be nominated.’

The carnival queen will be crowned at this year’s Southsea Carnival, which takes place on July 16 and 17.

A procession of floats starts at midday on the Saturday and will travel from Lumps Fort car park, near Canoe Lake, and finish on the common near Duisburg Way.

From 11am to 7pm on both days, there will be entertainment with live music, stalls and activities in an arena.

The carnival has been organised by the Portsmouth Lions, Portsmouth’s Caribbean Association and Portsmouth City Council’s seafront management team.

We’ve now extended the deadline for carnival queen nominations to next Saturday, July 9.

Women of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome to enter.

Entries should include the name of the person wanting to become the carnival queen and in no more than 20 words why they should win.

Also include your address and contact number.

Send entries to Priya Mistry, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.Or email carnivalqueen@thenews.co.uk.