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Race is on to find new March Gala princess

The 2015 March carnival princess Lilia-Joy Rust, pictured with her attendant Amy-Rose Moore and last year's March Mayor Rob Skoulding.
The 2015 March carnival princess Lilia-Joy Rust, pictured with her attendant Amy-Rose Moore and last year's March Mayor Rob Skoulding.

The race is on to find the lucky girl who will be leading a March Summer Festival parade next weekend – with just two days left to enter.

March Lions are searching for their Gala Princess to lead the walking parade on Saturday, June 11.

The Lions Gala and colourful parade are popular events within the three-day March Summer Festival, which takes place from June 10 to 12 and is expected to attract thousands of people to the town.

The princess competition is open to girls aged from seven to 11, who live in the March area – and the deadline for entries is this Friday, June 3.

Last year’s princess Lilia-Joy Rust will be passing on her crown to the new princess, who will get to lead the parade in a horse-drawn carriage provided by George Sharman.

She will also receive a cheque for £25.

Lions treasurer Ian Groome said: “This is the biggest event in March.

“There will probably be 2,000 to 3,000 people turn out to watch the parade.”

Anyone wishing to enter should email Mr Groome on: Ian.Groome@bowsers.co.uk

This year’s Top of the Pops-themed festival kicks off next Friday with Rock in the Park, showcase of younger bands, co-ordinated by CamBlast Promotions.

On the Saturday, the Grand Festival Parade begins at noon. It will go around the town led by Vivien the Fire Engine, closely followed by numerous classic vehicles.

The walking parade will set off shortly afterwards followed by the Mayor Andrew Donnelly in a Triumph Stag driven by Mark Vawser and the floats and walking groups representing numerous local organisations and businesses.

The action then moves to West End Park for the Lions Gala, which will include dance performances on stage from Lisa Dickinson’s Dance Mania, The Casey Academy Of Irish Dancing and Neale Wade BTEC Students, before Pop in the Park begins at 4.15pm.

Sunday, June 12, sees Picnic in the Park from noon, with a host of family attractions including live music, a dog show, nature activities, circus skills, face painting, a colouring competition and much more.

Doggy Styling are once again running the fun dog show, a popular feature of last year’s Picnic in the Park.

There are 14 classes with over 100 rosettes up for grabs. Bring along your pampered pooches and try to grab some Festival glory.

Entries – £1 per dog per class – will be taken from noon and the classes start at 1pm. Each dog gets a free goodie bag.

All money raised will go back into the running of future March Summer Festivals.

There is also a finale concert in the evening with the Alan Norris Big Band providing blasts from the past.

For more information, including a line-up of events, visit: www.marchsummer festival.co.uk

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