CHILDREN from across the town have been chosen as the next Royal party to represent Andover Carnival this year.

Contestants gathered at the White Hart pub, Bridge Street, on Wednesday, May 30, to be interviewed by judges for a bid for the top spot as crowned royals for the year, who will have their own float at the carnival procession on July 15.

Logan Dueblack, nine, leads as carnival prince, alongside Samantha Corpe, 11, as princess, and Ellie Lees-Sandey, 11, and Kayleigh Cutting, 12, as attendants one and two.

This was Kayleigh’s third time lucky in the running for a position among the nobility.

Kayleigh’s mum, Lorraine, said: “Kayleigh was so overwhelmed and shocked to have been chosen to be one of the attendants to the prince and princess this year, and can’t wait to be on the carnival float with the other royals in the procession.”

Carnival committee member Iris Andersen who attended the day said the four judges, from Mark Way School, the White Hart, Lion Oak Court and Andover Carnival, found the decision “very, very close.”

The royal party will be off on their first assignment today, opening a new company, Test Valley Textiles, which will be supplying the dresses for the princess and two attendants for the big day.

The prince’s outfit is being supplied by Graham tailors.