Westward Ho! Carnival Queen Chosen
Runner-up two years ago to her elder sister, Joyce, now Mrs Peter Williams, 21 year old Miss Lyn Lancaster, of Overborough, Westward Ho! was chosen Queen of Westward Ho! Carnival at a dance at the Kingsley Hall on Friday.
By coincidence, Miss Lancaster was wearing the same identification number, no. 14, as she did when she was chosen to attend her sister. A brunette, she is employed as a librarian in Bideford.
Many visitors were among the large crowd that watched the judges, Mr and Mrs H B Snashall, who are on holiday from Harpenden, Herts, short list three girls from a total entry of 16.
The two runners-up in the Queen competition were chosen as attendants and they are Miss Joyce Williams, a 17 year old laundry worker of 11 Castle Street, Northam, and Miss Betty Davies, of Mount Pleasant, High Street, Bideford. Aged 20, Miss Davies had arrived in North Devon from Runcorn, Cheshire, only four weeks earlier and on Monday she started work as a clerk.
Two junior attendants had already been chosen for the Queen from among members of the Westward Ho! Community Junior Dancing Club and they were Carol Spencer, aged 9, of Peter Pan, Westward Ho! and Judy Kelly, another 9 year old, of Ravenswood, Venton Drive, Westward Ho!
In the photograph the Queen is seen being crowned by Mr Jim Martin, leader of Westward Ho! Youth Club, which organised this year’s carnival. The judges are on the far sides of the picture and on the left are Miss Williams and Carol Spencer and on the right Miss Davies and Judy Kelly.
A bouquet was presented to Mrs Snashall by Mrs C F Stephens, Chairman of the Carnival Committee. Mr W Powell was the MC.
Gazette article dated 29 July 1955