Crowds of local people gathered excitedly at St John’s Methodist Church in Bloxwich on Saturday to witness a fine old local tradition carried out – the choosing of this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Queen and her ‘royal attendants’, the Carnival Princess and Rosebud.
And the event proved ideal for the official announcement that another right royal occasion – Bloxwich Carnival itself – would pay loyal tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating her Diamond Jubilee by offering this year’s carnival-goers FREE admission!
The carnival is being held, as is traditional, in King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich, but earlier than usual, on Saturday 16 June at 12 noon, falling nicely just after the official nationwide celebrations of the Jubilee.
Carnival Committee Chairman Mr Terry Bate said:
“Bloxwich Carnival Committee are proud to announce this one-off gesture in honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. And in the spirit of the occasion this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud were judged by several past ‘queens of Bloxwich’ as well as one of our local Councillors.
“We were delighted that 1950 Carnival Queen Mrs Elsie Walker-Biddle, 2011 Queen Miss Abigail Nicholls, and 2003 Queen Ms Tammy Scale were able to join Cllr Fred Westley in choosing the three wonderful young ladies who will represent Bloxwich and district for the coming year.
“We hope the people of Bloxwich and beyond will all join us in celebrating both our own royal occasion and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee!”
The Queen Choosing event was co-organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee and the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, who are strong supporters of the carnival, and the event was compered by Troy Allen of Rotary.
The judges chose the 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones, Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small (see first picture above), who have all studied at Lower Farm Primary School, Little Bloxwich, from more than twenty excellent entrants all-told.
Bloxwich Carnival itself will begin on the day with a short parade led by the Carnival Queen and her attendants who will travel in stately style in a horse-drawn carriage, starting at 12 noon from the rear of All Saints Church, Bloxwich, then along High Street and into the Stafford Road entrance of King George V Playing Fields when they will proceed to the podium where they will be formally crowned by local dignitaries in a Right Royal Ceremony at 12.30pm.