Aldeburgh Carnival parade starts with royal reception of former carnival queens
- Credit: Gregg Brown
A congregation of former carnival queens captivated the crowd as Aldeburgh’s annual parade set off from the Moot Hall on Monday.
Former queens from the carnival’s 75-year history were invited along to join the procession.
Among them, June Langley, carnival queen in 1952, was joined by her daughter, Julie Freeman, who took the crown in 1980.
The 84-year old, who still lives in Aldeburgh, said she had “wonderful” memories of a day she hoped would last forever 65 years ago.
Her daughter, 56, added: “It was really weird standing on the steps of the hall again.
“It feels like only yesterday I was there as carnival queen.”
Lisa Briggs, 51, was Lisa Warner when she held the crown in 1984. She was also among a gathering of former queens at the 50th anniversary carnival, and was pleased to find the event’s famous atmosphere and traditions unchanged.
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Carnival queen from 1983, Elizabeth Ward, is the great-granddaughter of the mayor who added the event to the annual regatta in 1927.
Aldeburgh town councillor, Marianne Fellowes was born in the town, where her father ran the Black Horse pub.
Mrs Fellowes was 19 and went by her maiden name, Keable, when chosen to be carnival queen in 1979.
“It’s an amazing occasion,” said the 57-year-old. “When I drive along Church Hill and see the flags up before the carnival, I still get that rush of feeling I had when I was queen.”
The third and final day of the carnival also included the coronation of 2017 queen, Shannon Strowger, who was joined by her attendants, Eve Atkins, Jessica Waters and Evie Brinded.
Shannon’s mother was carnival queen in 1981, while her father was carnival king – or ‘Mr Neptune’ – in 2007.
Along the beach, there was a demonstration by the RNLI and HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, and a first for the carnival as the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team descending 12,000ft to the beach to deliver the customary golden key to the mayor, Jocelyn Bond, who said: “It was marvellous to see them dropping from the sky.
“I was delighted to meet the first in the line of carnival queens and to present the golden key to this year’s queen.”