IT’S an honour that’s awarded to only one girl in Titchfield – that of carnival princess.
And this year’s winner, Megan Walcroft, said she can’t wait to get going.
The 11-year-old was crowned as the village sweetheart at a fun day run by St Peter’s Church in the grounds of the Old Vicarage, which was attended by almost 600 people.
Megan, of Hewett Road, will now represent her village at future summer carnivals in neighbouring areas, including Portsmouth, Bishop’s Waltham and Gosport.
She said: ‘When the judges picked out my number I was so excited and really happy that I’d won.
‘I didn’t think I was going because there was lots of competition and a lot of friends were in it too, but I was so happy when I was given the crown.
‘It feels really nice wearing it and I can’t wait to put it on again for the next carnival.’
At the upcoming events, Megan will be joined by her attendants Georgia Meakins, Mia Olja and Dion Light.
They will also make an appearance at Titchfield Bonfire Boys’ own Village Fayre on September 11 and the annual carnival on October 23.
Proud parents Sharon and Hugh Walcroft were over the moon when the heard Megan’s good news.
Mum Sharon, 47, said: ‘I was so excited I started to cry.
‘We’re all so proud of her, she’s done so well.
‘It’s became a bit of a tradition in our household now because my other daughter Tiffany won the Titchfield Carnival princess at the millennium so we’re really chuffed that Megan’s got it now too.’
Other attractions at the weekend event ranged from a tea tent and coconut shy to raffles, tombolas and stalls.
Titchfield Primary School’s steel band, Pans Ablaze, also staged a performance for the large crowd which had turned up.
John Ekins, chairman of the organising committee for the fete, said: ‘The day went really well and it was great fun.
‘The atmosphere was very good and there were nearly 600 people there which is much more than last year, so we’re very pleased that so many came along.
‘And we managed to raise over £4,000 which is just fantastic.
‘All the money will stay within the church and will probably be used for the general upkeep of the building. It is one of the oldest churches in the area that is still used for worship so it costs a lot to run and maintain.’