Carnival royalty ready to do their duty

Dorset Echo: WELL DONE: Bridport Carnival Competiton winners Princess Maddie Chant, Queen Sophie Gibson, Sarah Williams and Daniella Scadding WELL DONE: Bridport Carnival Competiton winners Princess Maddie Chant, Queen Sophie Gibson, Sarah Williams and Daniella Scadding

BRIDPORT Carnival won’t have quite a full complement of royalty this year with no entrants for the title of Prince – though there were plenty of contenders for the Queen, princess and attendants.

The crowns were bestowed on the winners of the ‘Bridport Carnival’s Got Talent’ style competition by last year’s winner Chloe Amber-Cash.

The competition was held in The Conservative Club in North Street on Sunday afternoon with judges the Rev Andrew Evans, youth worker Melvyn Courtney and News reporter Rene Gerryts.

They were treated to a wide range of music from modern pop songs, to film tunes and classics.

In the end it was a unanimous vote for Sophie Gibson, 15, from Bridport, whose rendition of When I was your Man by Bruno Mars captivated the judges.

Carnival Queen Sophie, who goes to All Saints School in Weymouth and was a chorister at St Swithuns with Donald Allcock for seven years, said: “I wanted to enter because singing and performing is my life and I thought this would be a great opportunity. It is also an exciting chance to be the Carnival Queen.”

And in a repeat of last year, Daniella Scadding, 13, and Sarah Williams, 14, were chosen as her attendants.

Daniella chose to sing Vera Lynn’s When a Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square and Sarah sang John Lennon’s Imagine.

Ten-year-old Maddie Chant, from Beaminster, was crowned Carnival Princess after singing Let it Go from the Disney film Frozen.

The Rev Evans thanked everyone for taking part in the competition.

He said it was disappointing not to see any entrants for the title of prince and hoped there would be some next year.

The winners of the competition will lead the grand procession on Carnival day Saturday, August 16 and the torchlight procession to West Bay on Sunday, August 18 before a giant fireworks display.

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