Diss Carnival 2014 has its Queen - 17-year-old Roydon resident Courtney Eakers.
A former Diss High School pupil, she will take centre stage for this year’s carnival, which takes place on Sunday, June 15.
Courtney, of Church Close, currently works at the Morrisons store in Diss, while she is undertaking an apprenticeship at a private child minders under the tutelage of Nicola Yallop in Roydon.
Carnival Queen-to-be Courtney will be accompanied by a Carnival Princess - six-year-old Callie Harris, of Gislingham - who told the Diss Express she was very excited.
Courtney also helps out at the 1st Roydon Brownies, admitting that a career in child care is her “passion”, and has been a regular visitor to the annual event since moving to the area eight years ago.
Also featuring as part of the Morrisons float for the past two years, Courtney told the Diss Express how much it meant to have Callie as princess for this year’s carnival.
“I love Callie,” she said. “When we do the floats, I always look after Callie, and she always sticks with me. Because it is themed, if I do a certain thing, Callie does the same as me.”
Courtney’s mother, Sharon, who also works at the store, added: “It is an experience not to be missed.
“She has got the support from all of us.”
This year’s carnival has the theme of ‘Diss Through the Ages’. The parade is due to start on June 15 at 1pm, from Old High Road, while the Fun Day is at Diss Town FC, Brewers Green Lane, from 2pm.
For more information on this year’s carnival, visit www.diss-carnival.co.uk