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King and queen tradition revived for Diss Carnival 2019

Diss Carnival will have some special royal visitors this year after organisers decided to revive the annual king and queen tradition.

Diss Carnival Procession 2013. Alice Cater, driven by the late Peter Gillings.
Diss Carnival Procession 2013. Alice Cater, driven by the late Peter Gillings.

The carnival, which this year will be held on Sunday, June 9, has not had a king and queen for the last two years due to a lack of entrants.

But after talking to the public about what they like best about the event, organisers have decided to bring back the honour – only this year, with a twist.

Carnival committee member Kimberley Jaynes said: 'I was carnival queen back in 2009 and loved every part of the day. This was the year they introduced a carnival king to sit alongside the queen.

"For as long as I can remember, the king and queen have been of a certain age, but I feel that it's important to celebrate all members and age groups of the community.'

As a result, the carnival committee has asked the town's De Lucy House care home to provide the king and queen from amongst its residents.

Kimberley Jaynes, Carnival Queen 2009
Kimberley Jaynes, Carnival Queen 2009

Around ten residents took part in the procession last year.

"We had lovely feedback from them, and others, about how much they had enjoyed their day out, so we decided to get them more involved this year, and have asked them to provide this year's king and queen," added Kimberley.

"There will also be a deputy king and queen in attendance, also from the care home."

"To make their reign a little more special, the committee has arranged, with the generosity of local businesses, that they enjoy a pre-carnival afternoon tea, courtesy of Katie's Kitchen in Diss, and a pamper session, courtesy of Joanne Hearle of Bressingham Beauty Salon.

"The king, queen and their deputies will be chauffeured in a luxury limousine at the front of the parade on Sunday, June 9."

Described as 'the party of the year', organisers say this year's carnival will feature more stalls, entertainment and activities than ever before

Some 7,000 people attended last year's carnival based around the theme of water wonderland. This year's theme is pre-Diss-toric, celebrating all things early man, from Fred Flintstone to the invention of the wheel.

This article appeared in the May 3 edition of the Diss Express.

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