Still chance to be crowned as this year’s Southsea carnival queen

VIP Sarah Robinson was last year's carnival queen
VIP Sarah Robinson was last year's carnival queen

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THERE’S still time for women to enter our carnival queen competition and be crowned as the winner.

The queen will be given her formal title at this year’s Southsea Carnival, which takes place on July 16 and 17.

As well as being a star of the carnival, she will represent the city at other community events.

Women of all ages, shapes and sizes, who can show commitment to their community, are welcome to enter.

John Apps, fundraising chairman of the Portsmouth Lions, which is organising the carnival along with Portsmouth’s Caribbean Association and Portsmouth City Council’s seafront management team, said: ‘This is not a beauty contest, we’re looking for someone who is a real community player to represent the city for a year.’

This year’s free festival takes place on Southsea Common and it’s promised to be bigger and better.

A carnival 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, entertainment will come from live music, stalls and activities in a marked-off arena.

To enter please provide the name of the person you wish to nominate and say in no more than 20 words why they should win.

Also include your name, address and contact number.

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