CARNIVAL organisers are distraught after discovering this year's queen will not be able to attend her own event.
Yvonne Marriott, a co-ordinator of the Winsford Carnival for the past 15 years, only recently found out that 13-year-old Nikita Mangan, who wowed judges at the retinue selection process, cannot be crowned at the carnival on July 3.
The Verdin High pupil discovered the date clashed with a school trip to France.
'This is the first time it's happened in the carnival's history,' said Yvonne.
'I wasn't angry, more upset - we tried everything to rearrange the event. I just felt so sorry for Nikita - she was crying and so was I'.
Every cloud has a silver lining, and the carnival's is in the form of lady-in-waiting Lauren Brown, of Hartford High School. The 14-year-old will assume the mantle of queen in Nikita's absence. Her lady-in-waiting will be 11-year-old Kelly Nixon, also of Sunningdale Close.
Lauren's mum Cindy, of Sunningdale Close, Winsford, said: 'Obviously Lauren feels a little bit regretful for the other girl but she is over the moon - it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which she can't wait to arrive.'
Winsford Carnival Committee desperately need nine lorries for the event to be used as floats. To help, contact Yvonne Marriott on 01606 557942.
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DOCTOR Who and his sidekick Sarah Jane will travel through time and space to bring an out-of-this-world theme to Comberbach Rose Fète on Saturday.
The duo played by actors Sean Jones and Tracey Spencer will open this year's fète following a grand parade through the village to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
To celebrate the diamond event members of the 1946 retinue have been invited to take part.
The parade starts from Senna Lane at 1pm and arrives at Comberbach Primary School at 2pm where an afternoon of fun is promised.
There will big screen in case England are playing their second round World Cup clash.