Felixstowe: Carnival Queen Betheny follows in family’s glittering footsteps

WHILE the resort’s carnival might be a distant memory for some, it was an occasion that the carnival queen and her family will never forget.

Betheny Relph, 17, of Devon Road, Felixstowe, led the Felixstowe Carnival procession as carnival queen earlier this month, becoming the third generation of her family to have the honour.

Betheny’s mum, Lorraine, 35, has previously been the Felixstowe Carnival queen while her nan, Sheila Smith, 56, was the Trimley Carnival queen.

Betheny, who walked part of the journey, said: “It went really well.

“My mum was the first carnival queen to walk it so when I walked it they were all really proud.

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“I was really happy that I got to do it.”

Lorraine added: “It was absolutely amazing and I was so very proud of her and all of the family came down to watch her – it was lovely to see.

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“My husband’s mum was also carnival queen once.”

Betheny’s sisters have already expressed an interest in becoming the carnival queen in the future and she is hopeful that one day, her children will be able to take part in the carnival as well.

She added: “I hope it is still here and it would be a nice thing for them to be able to do it.”

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