Could you be this year’s Miss Ash­ford?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Clare Mul­grew

Car­ni­val or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for the next Miss Ash­ford

THE search is on to find a new Miss Ash­ford in time for the town’s car­ni­val this sum­mer. Girls aged be­tween 13 and 16 are be­ing en­cour­aged to put them­selves for­ward for the role of car­ni­val queen, or one of the two princesses. The win­ning trio will take pride of place on the top float, head­ing the car­ni­val pro­ces­sion through the streets of the town. They will also rep­re­sent Ash­ford at a host of pa­rades and other events across Kent dur­ing the sum­mer. A se­lec­tion dance will be held in Singleton vil­lage hall, in Hox­ton Close, on Sun­day, April 15, when the judges will make their choices. En­trants must live in the TN23, TN24 or TN25 post­code ar­eas. Ash­ford car­ni­val will go ahead on Sun­day, July 15, de­spite con­tro­versy this time last year when most of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee stepped down.

Ap­pli­ca­tions

De­spite the set­back, Brenda and Terry Dick­in­son are still or­gan­is­ing the event, which they have been run­ning since the 1970s. Ash­ford town cen­tre man­ager Viv Kenny is tak­ing charge of the ad­min­is­tra­tion and reg­is­tra­tion. She has al­ready re­ceived sev­eral ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple want­ing to en­ter floats. Ash­ford Mu­seum will also be host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion on the his­tory of the car­ni­val. It will run from April 1 to the end of Septem­ber and will be open from 10am to 1pm, Mon­day to Satur­day. Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing Miss Ash­ford should call Brenda Dick­in­son on 01233 623969 or en­ter us­ing the form on this page. To en­ter a float in the car­ni­val, call Viv Kenny on 01233 664410.

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Last year’s Miss Ash­ford Shamiso Burt with her princesses Hay­ley Ford and Kirstina Col­lett

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