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Trio of teenagers in the running to be Wisbech Rose Queen 2018

Three Wisbech teenagers will be facing the judges tomorrow night (Wednesday) in the hope of becoming the town's Rose Queen 2018.

From left: Charlotte Drew, Ellie Myles and Tempany Wright who have been short-listed in the Wisbech Rose Queen competition 2018. (2484065)
From left: Charlotte Drew, Ellie Myles and Tempany Wright who have been short-listed in the Wisbech Rose Queen competition 2018. (2484065)

This year the Rose Queen has been organised for the first time by Wisbech Ladies Circle, who have been delighted with the amount of interest in the event, and the number of entries they have received.

They have had a difficult task shortlisting three finalists (one will be the queen the other two her attendants for the Rose Fair on July 7 . The chosen trio are: Charlotte Drew, 16; Ellie Myles, 14; and Tempany Wright, 17.

Charlotte says she would like to be Rose Queen as she has grown up watching the parade every year.

She is currently studying for her GCSEs with the hope of continuing on to do A-levels and then to eventually becoming a vet.

She is a great animal lover, especially horses, and works at Woolcroft Saddlery on Saturdays.

She said: "I hope that if I was Rose Queen I would be able to assist local people to raise awareness of issues that are happening in the area."

Ellie, has also always loved watching the Rose Fair parade and believes winning the title this year would be a great opportunity to be part of a "timeless tradition".

She is currently doing her Duke of Edinburgh award and is also fundraising for an expedition to Borneo next year when she will work to help with various projects.

Tempany has taken part in the parade several times before, but would love the chance to be Rose Queen this year.

She is a former Marshland High School student and is currently studying at the College of West Anglia doing the uniformed public services course.

Her volunteer work includes helping out at the Spinney, fundraising for the Ferry Project and coaching at the Titans Gymnastic Club.

Tempany said: "Being Rose Queen would be a great honour."

The event was previously run by Wisbech Round Table but they have handed over the reins of the Rose Queen competition and have organised a new competition Pride of the Parade, which is open to any young person deserving of recognition, who will win the honour of heading up the parade.

Michelle Robinson, chairman of the Ladies Circle, said: "We are so excited to have been involved in this and to keep the tradition going. We are overwhelmed by the help and support we have been given. The Round Table have been great in guiding us into our first year of taking over whilst they have been busy with their new Pride Of Wisbech competition which we wish them well with.

All three of the girls will have their hair styled by The Retreat on the day, with Gemma Gachette providing the Rose Queen's make-up and audacious-prom-dresses.co.uk at King's Lynn are helping with the Rose Queen's dress.

Kirsty Louise Photography will be taking pictures on the day providing the girls with precious memories.

Meanwhile the closing date for the Pride of the Parade competition has been extended to this Friday and entries can be made via the Round Table's Facebook page. The competition is open to young people from the Wisbech school catchment area and is split into two age groups: six to 16 and 12 to 16. Nominations can also be emailed to wisbechrt@gmail.com.

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