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Who’ll be queen on Her Majesty’s birthday?

March 20, 2012

Dawn Haffner

SIX girls have thrown their hats into the ring for the ‘royalist’  of Nuneaton Carnival Queen contests in living memory.

The 2012 competition is now officially off and running as local lovelies step forward to take part in the grand selection night on Saturday, April 21 – which this year falls on the Queen’s actual birthday.

And the first batch of entrants for the town’s 82-year-old beauty pageant offers the usual mix of students, college girls who also have part-time jobs and full-time career women.

The six who have already booked their ticket for the beauty contest at Bedworth Liberal Club are Jessica Brown, Hannah Dennehy, Stevieleigh Fraser, Dawn Haffner, Kimberley Murray and Emily Read.

The selection night will be nothing new for the Murray family as 17-year-old Kimberley is following in the footsteps of her mother Dawn – now 39 –  and cousin Amber Paige.

“My mother last entered the contest 10 years ago, while Amber had two goes at it” said Kimberley, who lives with mum in Oldbury Road, Hartshill, and is a first year travel and tourism student at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

Emily Read

Whitestone beautician Hannah Dennehy also has beauty titles under her belt – as a Miss Hinckley charity queen winner last year and finished in the top 10 of the Miss Every Model contest, which is a Miss England qualifier.

“I want to be a model and see the Nuneaton Carnival contest as another new experience along the way,” said the 21-year-old.

Youngest entrant so far is 16-year-old Higham Lane School student Dawn Haffner who is doing her GCSEs before taking a child care course at college.

She’s looking forward to selection night – having already won ‘election’ to the UK Youth Parliament.

Emily Read, 16, is a Etone School sixth former, doing A-level studies in biology, chemistry, maths and business studies – with ambitions to be a dentist. She’s already been a Nuneaton Carnival winner – two years ago her school took the top prize for its float in the 2010 procession.

Stevieleigh Fraser is also 16 –  dividing her time between North Warwickshire and HinckleyCollegeand waitressing at La Tavola Calda restaurant in Midland Road, Nuneaton.

Another Hinckley Roadcollege girl is Jessica Brown, 17, from Attleborough. She is studying beauty therapy, which is sure to be of help in her quest for the carnival queen title.

Hannah Dennehy

This year’s event promises a truly regal affair. Selection night is on Queen Elizabeth II’s 86th birthday and Sunday June 10’s procession and gala comes at the end of a glorious week of celebrating Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Nuneaton Carnival, which started out life as a charity fundraiser for the oldManorHospital back in 1930, is this year reaching an important milestone – the 50th event of the modern era since it was revived in 1963. Places will be limited to 20 entrants. Forms are available on the carnival website at

Stevieleigh Fraser

Kimberley Murray

Jessica Brown

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