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Haregate Community Queen Carnival event this weekend

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Ashlie-Mai Dennis will be the new Haregate Community Queen.

  • Sophie Leadbetter, retiring Haregate Community Queen at last year's carnival event.

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A new community carnival queen is to be crowned this weekend.

Ashlie-Mai Hulse will be crowned as the new Haregate Community Queen at St Paul's Church in Leek on Saturday, August 2.

The carnival parade will start at 1pm from St Paul's Church and make its way around Haregate estate before returning to St Paul's for 2pm.

The annual celebration will include visiting carnival queens and their retinues competing for a host of trophies and prizes.

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There will also be lots of family entertainment including Tots Treats with sweets and face-painting, bouncy castles, food stalls, car boot, and dancers.

Organiser of the event, Heather Dunn-Fox said: "We will hear Sophie Leadbetter's retiring speech and Ashlie-Mai will also do a speech after the highlight of the day – her crowning.

"The parade will start from St Paul's at 1pm and go down Novi Lane, all the way across Haregate Road, past the Hare and Gate pub before returning to St Paul's at 2pm for the fun to begin.

"There will be visiting queens all competing in their lovely dresses and doing their steps for several trophies and lots of other family entertainment."

The event will also include a bouncy castle, lots of stalls, and a visit from the Rent A Beast team. Mrs Dunn-Fox added: "We will be running a best decorated house on the carnival route, with a children's television characters scarecrow theme.

"There will also be a fancy dress competition along with other fun competitions such as knobbly knees, glamorous granny and the best dressed mobility scooter.

"So all in all it will be a day not to missed."

Ashlie-Mai is aiming to raise money for Leek charity Love4Leah throughout her year as Haregate Community Queen.

For further information, to book a stall – at a cost of £5 – at the Haregate Carnival Day, or to donate raffle prizes contact the organisers on the number 07849 776587.

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