IT was an emotional night in Hanwell on Monday as judges picked the queen and princess for this year's carnival.
TV star Amanda Redman, who lives locally, sat on a panel of judges along with the Gazette's James Gates and Colin Chalmers, chairman of the carnival committee.
Nearly 20 applications were received and the panel sat down to interview candidates for the posts. And the winners were announced to tears and applause from a packed crowd at The Fox Inn in Green Lane, Hanwell.
This year's carnival princess will be 13-year-old Chloe Harte, who lives in Chalfont Way. She said: “I was so shocked when Amanda read my name out because there were so many other girls I didn't think I'd win. I've had some friend issues at school recently but I think something like this shows that no matter where you are in your life, something good can always happen to you.”
This year's carnival queen will be 25-year-old Amy Masters, who lives in Copley Close. She said: “It feels wicked to win. I'm totally shocked but very happy to have been picked. I'm a mum so this just shows that having a child doesn't mean you have to put your life on hold. I think every girl is a queen and a princess, whatever happens.”
Both girls will take part in a grand parade on the day of the carnival before going on to represent Hanwell for the rest of the year.
Amanda said: “It was a very difficult decision to make because all the girls here tonight were wonderful. It was quite emotional seeing their reactions and I had to wipe a few tears from my eyes. I think tonight we were able to do some good.”
Mr Chalmers said: “It was a very entertaining evening. The girls were a delight and it was wonderful to see their reactions. This year's carnival looks like it will be the best yet.”
The Hanwell Carnival takes place on Saturday June 18. For more information, visit the website www.hanwellcarnival.co.uk .