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Weymouth Carnival Queen winner announced
11:38am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
WEYMOUTH’S Carnival Queen for 2013 says she cannot wait for the big day as well as the year ahead.
Gina Hartley, who was announced as the Carnival Queen last night, said she was ‘shocked’ and her win was still sinking in.
She will now have a starring role in the Carnival on Wednesday and act as an ambassador for Weymouth and Portland over the next year.
Gina’s was selected after a phone and text run by the Dorset Echo and her win was revealed at the Weymouth Carnival Ball, which officially launched this year’s Carnival celebrations.
The 20-year-old said: “I was really shocked and I still haven’t come to terms with it yet.
“Everyone keeps sending me lots of messages congratulating me and I’m really looking forward to the day, it’s going to be really good.”
Gina was a princess attendant last year after finishing as a runner-up in the 2012 Carnival Queen competition and she is hoping that serves as inspiration for her fellow contestants Sarah Flann and Victoria Hope, who will be supporting her on the day.
She said: “They are absolutely lovely and I hope they both go for it again next year like I did.”
The charity group Ladies Alive organised the Carnival Ball and said it was a resounding success with money raised for charity through a raffle and auction and a good time had by all.
The guests were able to enjoy music from soul and Motown singer Hamilton Browne, who had travelled from the north east of England specially for the event.
Sue-Jane Smith from Ladies Alive thanked all those involved in the night including the dozens of local businesses that donated items for the raffle and auction.
She added: “Ladies Alive must thank the Hotel Rembrandt who went far beyond the extra mile to ensure the venue itself and, indeed, the buffet was beyond everybody’s expectations.
“Our thanks must also go to Fiona Penny of Sunflowers who is always a great supporter of Ladies Alive events and provided stunning floral table decorations and the winner’s bouquet.”
Mrs Smith congratulated Gina on her win and said the new Carnival Queen and her attendants would be available for various events throughout the year to raise awareness and promote their work.
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