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Double delight for former carnival queen

PUBLISHED: 12:09 12 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:18 06 July 2010

Jane Kent was crowned by Terry Butcher in 1979

Jane Kent was crowned by Terry Butcher in 1979

GRACEFUL, elegant and divine, Lowestoft Carnival Queen's have always been a glowing ambassador for the town.

For years, the region's young women have gone head-to-head to claim the bouquet of flowers, sparkling sash and prize fund that accompanies the prestigious title and crown which they so desire.

Carol Catchpole on the Valsand

GRACEFUL, elegant and divine, Lowestoft Carnival Queen's have always been a glowing ambassador for the town.

For years, the region's young women have gone head-to-head to claim the bouquet of flowers, sparkling sash and prize fund that accompanies the prestigious title and crown which they so desire.

Last month we looked at carnival queens from the 1990s and this week we will turn the clock back a little further to see three other belles of the ball.

In the 1970s, one young woman stole all of the headlines by winning the contest twice in three years.

In 1977 Jane Ramsey beat 19 contestants to by named Carnival Queen for the first time. Over 900 people attended a selection dance at Pontins in Pakefield to see the 21 year old booking clerk beat 26 year old mother of two Susan Court and 16 year old Debbie Reynolds into second and third.

Two years later, history would repeat itself as Jane, now named Jane Kent, beat Susan Court to the crown once month. Third this year was Caroline Jillings.

That year the competition was held at Lowestoft's South Pier and Ipswich Town footballer Terry Butcher was on hand to crown the winning trio.

Today, Mrs Kent lives near Bungay, has a 15 year old son and is involved with Loddon football team.

In 1962 Christine Cutts, nee Rutter, took the crown ahead of Ann Patterson and Barbara Howlett at The Royal Hotel.

Today, Mrs Cutts lives in Beccles and enjoys playing bowls for the town's indoor club.

More carnival queen memories were unearthed in December when we took a look at Maureen and Eric Long's book Kessingland Reunited.

This book contains a picture of carnival queen Barbara Harvey and her attendants on board a boat in 1949. Now, Janet Wilson, of Wrentham, has come forward with a picture of another queen on board the vessel.

The boat was Valsand, a motor fishing boat owned by her father Harold Brown, who was known at sea as Hurricane Hutch. Named after his other daughters Valerie and Sandra, the boat was made into a Viking style ship and used to transport the queen on more than one occasion.

Mrs Wilson had a Journal cutting from another year showing Regatta Queen Carol Catchpole on board, together with her ladies in waiting Frances Peak and Norma Briggs. The group had travelled from Lowestoft to Kessingland for a crowning ceremony at the fete and marine regatta that year.

She also had a photograph of Carol's crowning in Lowestoft on the pier.

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