The 2018 Ashington Carnival Princess was chosen at the annual Children’s Disco at Ashington Community Centre on Sunday 22nd of April. There were a lot of children and parents that attended making a great  atmosphere at the disco with all the children joining in with the dance competitions and dancing around the hall full of excitement for the lucky draw raffle.

This years Carnival Princess is 12 year old  Amelia Mercer. Amelia will lead the procession at the Ashington Festival on the 18th of August supported by her 2 attendants and 2 pageboys.

The Carnival Princess’s two Attendants are Molly-May Mintrim (6) and Cindy Boult (5). The Pageboys are Alfie Cope (9) and Beau Arthur (5). The children were all chosen by a lucky draw and attend Ashington C of E School and Steyning Grammar School, Rock Road.

The Carnival procession starts at 1.30 and follows a route through Ashington village to finish on the Recreation Ground. The Festival which follows includes a stage/arena with live acts performing through the afternoon and evening.

In the afternoon the Festival welcomes back ‘Jez Avery’ with his daredevil motorcycle stunt act. Also starring in the arena is Warren Calitz with his lovely dogs and duck act.  And back by popular demand will be children’s favourite entertainer Tom Foolery.

In the evening we welcome for their first visit to Ashington ‘The Smiley’s’ and Lianna Haynes as ‘The Vintage Singer’, both singing songs through the decades.

There will also be a Car Boot Sale, Classic Cars, Flower Show, Fun Dog Show, Funfair, animals and lots of stalls and sideshows. And in the evening a fantastic firework display at 10pm. Food and a licensed bar will be available.

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