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10:49 Thursday 08 April 2010 

Old Windsor Carnival seeks its former queens

A village planning to celebrate half a century of carnival fun this summer is inviting past queens to relive their moments of glory.

This year will see the 50th Old Windsor Carnival take place in the Recreation Ground over the weekend of June 11 to 13 and the organisers are hoping that the traditional procession will boast one extra-special float - adorned by former carnival queens going back to 1961.

Villager Maureen Plumridge said: "As well as having past Carnival Queens on the float we would like them to attend an exhibition of memorabilia from the carnival's history which will be in a marquee we are setting up.

"We are sure there must be quite a few former carnival queens still living in the village. Or maybe someone is related to or friends with a former queen who has moved away and can let them know about it."

The first even queen in 1961 was a girl called Shirley Wing, while last year's was Laura Ellis. The names of every other queen have been listed in this month's Old Windsor Parish Magazine, in case anyone's memory needs jogging.

A dozen of them are known to carnival commitee members but the whereabouts of more than 35 are still a mystery. Anyone who can help the committee track down more ex-queens is invited to email or phone Maureen on 01753 841358 or Joan Simon on 01753 862194.

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