Bringing back days of Queens and Princesses

AN old tradition is being revived as part of the celebrations for the Olympic Torch’s visit to Alnwick in June.

Echoing the traditions of the Alnwick Fair, which died in 2008, a Festival Queen and Princess competition will be held during the Festival of Alnwick.

The events will be held on the first two days of the Festival, which runs from Saturday, June 9 to Friday, June 15.

And Mabel Forsyth, former chairman of the Alnwick fair committee and ‘Queen Mother’ is helping to organise the new event.

The Queen’s competition, which is for girls and women aged 16 and over with no upper age limit, will be held at 2pm on Saturday, June 9 in the Northumberland Hall. The Princess competition, for girls aged nine to 13, will be held in the Market Place on Sunday, June 10 at 1pm.

A panel of judges, which is hopefully set to include BBC presenter Chris Jackson, will decide on the winner.

Mabel added: “We are looking for a girl with personality that is going to promote Alnwick, someone who can talk to people about the town and explain what’s going on.”

Applicants are invited to wear what they feel is appropriate for the competition.

Karen Larkin Festival Coordinator said: “It is great that we have this opportunity to bring an element of Alnwick Fair back.

“Historically, this competition has required ball gowns or handmade dresses but for this event we are keen to have a slightly more relaxed dress code. You can wear your prom dress or anything at all really as long as you are comfortable. We are looking for a couple of local gems whose personality shines through.’

Winners will receive the crown for a year, a bouquet of flowers and will be able to keep a framed photo.

You can obtain an application form via email from or 07846542929 or Linzi Hope at the deadline is May 23.

Karen is also appealing for the first Fair Queen, who recently celebrated her 60th birthday and last Fair Princess to get in touch - contact the Gazette on 01665 602234.