A NEW village queen is to be crowned this weekend.
Katie Mellor will be crowned as this year's Cheddleton Carnival Queen at the large-scale community event in Cheddleton on Saturday, August 9.
Ten-year-old Katie, who has been in the carnival retinue three times before, said: "I feel excited because I have wanted to be the carnival queen ever since being the flower girl.
"I think I will be a bit nervous on Saturday but I will be mostly excited."
Katie enjoys dance and drama as hobbies as well as yudo, in which she is a yellow belt in.
"She has attended Fusion Performing Arts in Tean since she was five , with her latest stage performance being a part of the group's 'Honk' show.
The St Edward's Academy student added: "I would love to be on the West End stage."
Katie will be joined in her carnival retinue by Geroge Mounsey as Page Boy and Elenie Hewson as Flower Girl, along with attendants Olivia Lawley, Grace Alcock, Megan Lawley, Daisy Wilshaw, Niamh Cordon, Millie Williams, and Paige Whittingham.
Katie's mum Caroline Mellor said: "I feel really excited about Katie being crowned as I joined the carnival committee when I was pregnant with Katie.
"We will be aiming to raise lots of money for Cancer Research UK as we have lost family and friends through the disease."
This Saturday's Cheddleton Carnival will start with the judging of the parade floats at 12.30pm at Harrison Way. The parade will then head off around the village at 1pm, ending up at Ashcombe Park Cricket Club for the festivities.
The event will be officially opened by Councillor Mike Worthington at 2.30pm which will be followed by the crowning of Katie.
This year's Cheddleton Carnival attractions are set include Longton Scout & Guide Band, the Buxton Billarettes, Parade of Queens, Fancy Dress – Adults and Children) –Nifty Fingers Competitions, to be judged at 11.30am, Assorted Craft Stalls, and a Dog Show. Dogs and their woners can enter on the day for the Wagiest Tail, Prettiest Bitch, Handsome Dog and Dog Most Like Its Owner).
There will also be a Bouncy Castle and Inflatable Slide, and all the usual side shows as well as refreshments, a barbecue, and licensed bar.
Admission will be £4 for adults and £1 for children with free parking available. In the evening there will be a 70s and 80s Disco in the Carival Marquee from 7.30pm. Fancy dress will be optional for this event and there will be a prize for the best costume. Tickets for this evening event cost £8 for adults and £5 for children, which will include Pie & Peas Supper, which are available from any of the Cheddleton Carnival committee members.
For further information go online to www.cheddletoncarnival.co.uk.