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Charlotte to fly flag for our youth

PUBLISHED: 12:12 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:47 05 July 2010

REGAL TRIO: The Journal's Carnival Queen, Charlotte Barker, with her attendants Charlotte Soanes, left, and Emily Lawrence.

REGAL TRIO: The Journal's Carnival Queen, Charlotte Barker, with her attendants Charlotte Soanes, left, and Emily Lawrence.

THE main aim of Lowestoft's new female ambassador, Charlotte Barker, is to raise awareness of all the good work done by young people in the town.

The 17-year-old student of Anchor Way, Carlton Colville, was chosen ahead of 23 other girls on Friday night to be named The Journal's Carnival Queen for the coming year.

THE main aim of Lowestoft's new female ambassador, Charlotte Barker, is to raise awareness of all the good work done by young people in the town.

The 17-year-old student of Anchor Way, Carlton Colville, was chosen ahead of 23 other girls on Friday night to be named The Journal's Carnival Queen for the coming year.

During the glittering ceremony, which attracted 250 people to the Marina Theatre, compere Mike Deal put each contestant through their paces on the reasons why they wanted to represent their town.

As judges deliberated, the audience enjoyed sets from Great Yarmouth singer Kerry Kennedy, who included renditions of Mercy, by Duffy, and My Heart Will Go On, made famous by Celine Dion.

Charlotte will be joined for her year as the title-holder by Lowestoft girls Emily Lawrence, 16, of London Road South, and Charlotte Soanes, 18, of Westwood Avenue.

Together they will represent The Journal at this year's carnival parade on August 10 and Beccles Carnival on July 20.

Charlotte, who will be a VIP guest at this year's seafront air festival daytime hospitality and at the gala ball, is an

A-level student at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Gorleston. Her subjects are English literature, drama and theatre studies, fine art, photography and general studies.

She said: “To be honest, I was really surprised. I just entered for the experience as I knew a few friends who were going for it. I really wasn't expecting to be in the final five, though.

“I saw the competition last year and I didn't really think I should go for it, but this year my mum mentioned it to me and I thought I had nothing to lose.”

Charlotte lists her hobbies as singing and listening to music, particularly David Bowie, taking pictures and watching films of all genres, especially old Hollywood classics starring Marilyn Monroe.

She's also a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, loves skiing and has in the past won a competition to create a picture of The Darkness that now hangs in Ed Graham's London flat. Clothing and costumes are also great loves, and Charlotte takes a particular interest in vintage and bespoke clothing.

After her A-levels she wants to apply for a drama degree and has ambitions of becoming an actress. At the moment she is putting her acting and singing skills to good use, with a performance on Saturday in Musical Magic, put on by the Dusmagrik Young People's Theatre Company. And she is looking forward to the year ahead.

“I think it will be really good to meet all different people from the community and see how, and in which ways, they are involved in it and make things happen,” she said.

“I really want to raise awareness of the youth work going on as a lot of young people work really hard.”

The Journal would like to thank the Marina Theatre for the use of the venue, Lester Sayer, Martin Halliday, photographer Mick Howes and all the sponsors. These included Tracey Waterer and Karen Taylor, from Clinique at Boots, who kindly gave their services free of charge by doing every girl's make-up, Pleasurewood Hills, Picture Studios, di-lusso, Nirvana Health and Fitness, the Beauty Lounge, Beadelicious-online.co.uk, Match Clothing, Bella Blue, Chadds, Hotel Victoria, Hollywood Cinema, Lowestoft air festival committee and Boots.

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