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Final chance to pick your queen
This is your last chance to choose the Weymouth Carnival Queen for 2013.
Hopefuls Gina Hartley, Sarah Flann and Victoria Hope claimed the finalist spots after a glitzy selection night at the Dorothy nightspot on Weymouth seafront.
Judges picked the trio on the night but now it is down to you to pick who you want to be crowned Weymouth Carnival Queen 2013 in a phone and text vote through the Dorset Echo.
The voting closes at midnight tonight.
The winner will claim the honour of representing the town on the big day – August 21 this year – and for the following year as an ambassador for the town.
Sarah, 28, Gina, 20, and Victoria, 18, have all pledged to wear the crown with pride and support the carnival’s charity work.
Elysia Munday, who is the reigning carnival queen, said all three are worthy contenders for the honour.
She said that the selection night was fantastic night and that all the 12 girls who entered did themselves proud.
“It was nice to see young women really want to get involved in the community.”
The Ladies Alive fundraising group held the selection night at the new look Dorothy for the first time after its previous venue, Banus nightclub, closed.
Susan-Jane Smith, of Ladies Alive, said: “Good luck to them all.
“Please cast your vote for them as the queen is such an important part of the carnival and is such a great ambassador for the town.”
She added that they had to follow in the footsteps of Elysia who had been such a wonderful queen.
The winner will be crowned at the carnival ball on August 17 at the Rembrandt. The two runners-up will also join in the big day and share in the excitement by becoming her attendant princesses.
Recent carnival queens including Elysia, Lucy Compton and Natalie Round have expanded the role to promote the town, act as an ambassador for the area and support charities.
Businesses and organisations are also being encouraged to welcome the queen into the premises as part of her ambassadorial role during the year.
GINA Hartley, 20, says it would be a dream come true to become Weymouth Carnival Queen.
She said that she would throw herself into the role and be a great ambassador for the carnival and the town.
Gina, who lives in Weymouth, was a carnival princess to last year’s queen Elysia Munday. She said: “I was a princess last year and it would top if off to be queen this year. I grew up in Weymouth and have always been part of the carnival and have been on floats. I have always wanted to be queen.”
She added: “I would be a really good ambassador for the borough.
“I grew up here and know quite a few different people. I can’t wait for the carnival.”
Gina is studying sport, health and fitness and is also a sports teacher and fitness instructor in the area.
SARAH Flann has a passion for the local area and would be very proud to be Weymouth Carnival Queen.
The 28-year-old was born and raised on Portland but is now living in Weymouth.
Sarah, who was a princess in 2011, said: “I would be pleased to partake in future events and aim to help raise funds and awareness for local charities.
“I aim to promote Weymouth and Portland by using the role to be positive about what the area has to offer.”
Sarah said that ultimately through the carnival queen role she would help and support the event.
She added: “It would be a position I would be proud to hold.”
Sarah said that the carnival was close to her heart and that winning would be a dream come true.
VICTORIA Hope says becoming carnival queen would be a great way to become involved in the community and help raise money.
Victoria, who turned 18 in May, of Weymouth, has just qualified from Weymouth College as a beauty therapist.
She said that she was shocked and excited to be picked as one of the finalists.
“It is a great opportunity to get involved in the local community and help with fundraising and charities. It is also a great way to represent my hometown.”
She added: “I have been going to carnivals since I was little and the carnival queen float was the one I always wanted to see. It was my favourite.”
Victoria said it would be an amazing experience to be carnival queen, adding that she was delighted to be part of it.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN VOTE
BY PHONE: Call 0901151 adding the four digits under the finalist of your choice. For example if it was 0380 you would like to vote for simply dial 0901151 0380.
BY TEXT: Send your text to 80360 starting with QUEEN leave a space, followed by the four digits under the finalist of your choice.
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