Family connection in carnival competition
TO those of you who are have more than one child this will be a familiar story. No sooner does one of your little darlings have something then the other must have it too.
This can apply to everything from sweets to toys – and it seems that crowns are no exception. History is littered with examples of brothers usurping each other and carnival queens are no different.
Well, I suppose there's far less bloodshed and a lot more money raised for charity.
The Journal of October 27, 1988, carried the following dynastic article:
"Winning the Wells Carnival Queen competition is becoming something of a habit in the Murdoch family.
"For last year Julie managed to take the title a year after she had been princess, and this year her 16-year-old sister Tracy will wear the crown.
"But this is not the only coincidence for the family from Chamberlain Street when it comes to the competition.
"For Tracy has raised exactly the same amount of money – £451 – as her sister did last year.
"Meanwhile mother of three Grace Berry is looking forward to joining the procession by being placed third in the competition – despite never wanting to ride on the float.
"For Grace, aged 52, of Burcott Road, Wells, applied to the carnival committee to help collect money but never dreamed she would end up playing such an active role.
"That was until one of the girls dropped out and Grace excelled herself by raising more than £70."