Super Su is so proud to be picked as Southsea Carnival Queen

WINNER Southsea carnival queen Su Machin
WINNER Southsea carnival queen Su Machin
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SUPER Su Machin has been named Southsea’s Carnival Queen – and she can’t wait to get started.

The 44-year-old was picked by a panel of judges over other entrants because of the love and passion she has shown for Portsmouth.

She will take pride of place as the face of Southsea Carnival this weekend.

Su, of Milton Road, Milton, entered our contest in a bid to give something back to the city she lovingly calls home.

She came to Portsmouth in 2006, with son Archie, now aged five, after suffering domestic abuse.

On hearing she had been given the title Su said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon. I cannot believe I was chosen.

‘I cannot wait to represent Portsmouth because I truly believe it’s a great city.

‘Perhaps because I wasn’t born here, I can really appreciate all the great things about it.

‘I love being close to the sea, that everything is in walking distance, and that there are friendly people.’

Su, who attends St James’ Church, in Milton Road, Milton, said she was already drawing attention from members of the public.

‘Everyone who knows me says I have really embraced the culture of Portsmouth,’ added Su.

‘People at church have all said they would like me to win.

‘And I’m already being recognised by people in the street from the previous article on me in The News.

‘I’m so overwhelmed by it all and can’t wait for Saturday.

‘I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home, and I’m really looking forward to being the carnival queen.’

Southsea Carnival takes place on Saturday and Sunday and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The carnival was revived last year following an absence of seven years.

It is organised jointly by Portsmouth Lions, Portsmouth’s Caribbean Association and Portsmouth City Council’s seafront management team.

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

From 11am to 7pm on both days, entertainment will take place with live music, stalls and activities in a marked-off arena on the seafront.