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Carnival Queen follows mum (and dad) to become third in family to wear Aldeburgh crown

PUBLISHED: 13:38 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 21 April 2017

Aldeburgh Carnival Queen, Shannon Strowger, with Eve Atkins (left), Jessica Waters (centre) and Evie Brinded (right). Picture: BRIGITTA BOLSTROM

Aldeburgh Carnival Queen, Shannon Strowger, with Eve Atkins (left), Jessica Waters (centre) and Evie Brinded (right). Picture: BRIGITTA BOLSTROM


It’s a sure sign of summer’s approach when Aldeburgh selects a carnival queen.

Aldeburgh Carnival's King Neptune (Vernon Strowger) in 2007. 

Picture: CLIFFORD HICKSAldeburgh Carnival's King Neptune (Vernon Strowger) in 2007. Picture: CLIFFORD HICKS

Preparations for the 75th Aldeburgh Carnival started with the announcement that Shannon Strowger would be queen for the day.

The 21-year-old heads the procession on August 21, with three personally chosen attendants, Eve Atkins, 11, Jessica Waters, 10, and Evie Brinded, nine.

A hairdresser at Lady Dyes, in Leiston, Shannon comes from a family with carnival pedigree. Her mother was Carnival Queen in 1981, while her father was Mr Neptune in 2007 a rare occasion when a Carnival King presided.

After their introduction to the public on the Moot Hall steps, serious dressmaking is underway for the Grand Parade and Procession.

Unusually, they will not be entirely alone in the Carnival Queen arena, as this year’s procession will feature up to 30 former queens from as far back as the 1950s.

The carnival takes place on August 19, 20 and 21.


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