Sixteen-year-old Yazmin Holmes had one of her dreams come true on Thursday when she was crowned Wisbech Rose Fair Queen for 2013.
Yazmin, of Wisbech, impressed the judges with her bubbly personality to win the honour of heading the two parades on July 6 for the 50th year of the Rose Fair.
The Marshland High School pupil wins a package of prizes sponsored by local businesses and £150 from Wisbech Round Table, who organise the parade.
Yazmin said she would be using some of her winnings to treat her proud mum, Rachael.
She admitted to admiring past Rose Queens and wanted to be that person herself but never had the confidence until now.
The sporty teenager is finishing her GCSEs and hopes to go on to do A-levels and then to university to become a midwife. She is also hoping to complete her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at sixth form.
She was presented with a bouquet, sash and trophy and will also receive a makeover photoshoot from Fotogenic; a special dress from Young Romantics; her hair done on the day by The Cutting Rooms and her nails done by Lisa Ball of Lisa’s Nails.
Just six girls were chosen for the final and the other budding queens were Karlie Roberts (14), Lauren Sewell (14), Chloe Tilley (14), Shannon Punter (16) and Kerri McCreery (17).
Judges were Charlie Newby (Round Table’s Rose Fair chairman), Simon Johnson (Round Table chairman), Serena Ray and Heidi Feaviour of Young Romantics, Barbara Oliver, of Fotogenic and Sue Irving of the Fenland Citizen.
Simon told the finalists they should all be proud of themselves for being chosen and he praised them for being so well informed. The girls knew about the history of the Rose Fair, the anniversary and about the Round Table organisation.
One the day of the parade, Yazmin will be accompanied on the float by attendants Amelia Newby and Alice Salmon, who are children of Round Table members Charlie Newby and David Salmon. These girls will also have dresses from Young Romantics.
The judging was held at Cafe Studio in the Wisbech Etcetera shop with support from Ray and Jan Wicks and bouquets for the finalists were by Lilymays, of Wisbech.