Wickford Carnival Queens

Your Help is needed to date and name all the queens

By Jo Cullen

We are trying to find a photo of each of the Wickford Carnival Queens, and to name and date them.   I have read that there has been a carnival in Wickford for over 90 years and although we have photos of some of the early floats we do not have photos or information of earlier Queens . Can you help?

Date         Name                             Photo

1937        Miss Stevens

1945        Milly Coxhead

1946        Kathleen Clarke                 Y

1948        Joyce Witlock                    Y

1963         Vina Water                       Y

1964         Sandra Ellis                      Y

1965         Susan Reeves                   Y

1966         Patricia Bird                      Y

1967         Ann Camp                        Y

1968         Michelle Thirkettle             Y

1969         Lesley Ince                       Y

1969         Shelley Mole Jnr. Queen     Y

1970         Kathleen Mileman              Y

1971         Michelle Thirkettle              Y

1973         Diana Dagg                      Y

1974         Sandra Callaghan              Y

1976         Kim Brown                       Y

1979         Wendy Cussons                Y

?1980        Mandy Mason

1981          Eveyn Sharp                     Y

1982          Enita Eastman                  Y

1983          Keeley Smith                    Y

1984           Joslyn Camp                    Y

1985           Kaen Shelford                  Y

1986           Stephanie Pummel           Y

1987           Zoe Watson                     Y

1988          Esther Cowelbeck              Y

1989           Patricia Jerman                Y

1990           Jenny Mooney                  Y

1993           Heidi Stecher                   Y

1995           Tracey Line

1996           Helen Hyde

2001           Sarah Webb

 

2006        Carley (?)                          Y

2007        Reinne Lowe                      Y

2008        Debbie Jenson

2009        Rachel Gunnell                   Y

?              Elaine Hurst

2010        Aimee Lowe

?             Sarah Taylor                       Y

2012           Leanne Giles                   Y

2013       Georgina Sutton                 Y

2015       Amy Cross                         Y

Photo:(We have no name or date for this Queen. Can you help us?)

(We have no name or date for this Queen. Can you help us?)

Photo:1948 Carnival Queen (but who was she?)

1948 Carnival Queen (but who was she?)

Photo:Vina Water 1963

Vina Water 1963

Brenda Phillips

Photo:When Vina Water resigned early Sandra Ellis took over the work as Carnival Queen 1963

When Vina Water resigned early Sandra Ellis took over the work as Carnival Queen 1963

Brenda Phillips

Photo:1964 Sandra Ellis is crowned Queen

1964 Sandra Ellis is crowned Queen

Brenda Phillips

Photo:Susan Reeves 1965

Susan Reeves 1965

Brenda Phillips

Photo:Carnival Queen Patricia Bird with her court on Silva Carter's boat 1966

Carnival Queen Patricia Bird with her court on Silva Carter's boat 1966

Jennifer Willatt

Photo:Michelle Thirkettle

Michelle Thirkettle

Photo:Ann Camp 1967

Ann Camp 1967

Photo:Lesley Ince 1968/69

Lesley Ince 1968/69

Photo:Diana Dagg and carnival court 1973

Diana Dagg and carnival court 1973

Photo:Sandra Callaghan 1974

Sandra Callaghan 1974

Photo:Kathleen Millman 1970

Kathleen Millman 1970

Photo:Michell Thirkettle 1971

Michell Thirkettle 1971

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Kim Brown 1976

Kim Brown 1976

Echo Photo

Photo:1969 Junior Queen Shelley Mole no names for other queens

1969 Junior Queen Shelley Mole no names for other queens

Photo:Wendy Cussons and her carnival court 1979

Wendy Cussons and her carnival court 1979

Photo:1970

1970

Photo:Evelyn Sharp 1981

Evelyn Sharp 1981

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Enita Eastwell 1982

Enita Eastwell 1982

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Joslyn Camp 1984

Joslyn Camp 1984

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Karen Shelford 1985

Karen Shelford 1985

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Karen Shelford 1986

Karen Shelford 1986

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Esther Cowlbeck 1988

Esther Cowlbeck 1988

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Patricia Jerman 1989

Patricia Jerman 1989

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Jenny Mooney 1990

Jenny Mooney 1990

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Angela Nutbrown 1991

Angela Nutbrown 1991

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Zoe Watson 1987

Zoe Watson 1987

Echo Newspapers

Photo:Tracy Line 1995

Tracy Line 1995

Photo:Sarah Taylor 2012

Sarah Taylor 2012

Photo:Heidi Stecher 1993

Heidi Stecher 1993

Photo:Georgina Sutton 2013

Georgina Sutton 2013

Photo:2006 Carley and the Wickford Court

2006 Carley and the Wickford Court

Rachael Gunnell

Photo:2007, Reinne Lowe as Queen and her court.

2007, Reinne Lowe as Queen and her court.

Rachael Gunnell

Photo:2009, Wickford Court with Rachael Gunnell as Queen.

2009, Wickford Court with Rachael Gunnell as Queen.

Rachael Gunnell

Photo:Leanne Giles 2012

Leanne Giles 2012

Photo:Amy Cross 2015

Amy Cross 2015

This page was added by Jo Cullen on 15/09/2013.
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I was in the carnival for 3 years. First as Wickford Junior Princess where there were about 6-8 court members. Second year I was Wickford Junior Queen when Rianne Lowe was the senior queen. And in my third year in 2009 I was crowned Wickford Senior Queen and my princesses were Sarah Taylor and Claire.  I have photos which I will send over if you want me to. Yours sincerely, Rachael Gunnell.

By Rachael
On 19/02/2014

I was involved with the carnival from about 1984 till about 1993. I started off as a junior princess and was senior queen and princess as well as being part of the deputy courts. And my younger siblings were involved. Get in contact if you would like any more information 

By Tricia
On 02/06/2014

The photo underneath the 1967 photo is of my sister, Junior Queen Shelley Mole, aged 13. 1969 I believe the junior princess was called Linda but I do not remember any of the adults.

By Tracey Wright
On 10/11/2014

I was Wickford Carnival Princess in year 2006 and also Junior Queen in year of 2008 I believe.

I was crowned Carnival Queen in 2010.

Amazing years I had being involved in the Carnival Court from 2006 all the way up until 2010. 

By Aimee Lowe
On 28/03/2015

Hello, I've commented on this post before. I was 2009 Wickford Carnival Queen and my princesses were Sarah and Claire. Is there an email address I can send my photos to? Also I have photos of the court from the year before (2008) where Reinne Lowe was Queen and I was a princess.

By Rachael Gunnell
On 20/06/2016

You can contact us on our email wickfordhistory@gmail.com

You can also meet us at wickford library where we have a permanent exhibition of a selection of photos from the site

By Geoff Whiter
On 20/06/2016

I was junior princess in 1978 (with worst hair cut ever and a front tooth missing, I think the judges were having a laugh that year, I got in by giving witty answers to their questions).  I know we had our photos taken by the geezers from Wickford Camera Club, as I think all the courts did at that time.  So someone from there might have a collection of them. My copies are buried in an attic somewhere.

The senior queen was called Kay (long hair, Charlie's Angel flick, hairsprayed hard) and one the senior princesses was called Lynda/Linda (dark shiny bob), the other I can't remember her name (Michelle perhaps?) (but I remember the haircut: mid-length curly and flicked!).

In the 1979 court above I think the princess on the left is called Jane.

I enjoyed the carnivals and dances after each one - each finishing with Hi Ho Silver Lining - and had my first alcohol (a brandy!) on a particularly cold torchlight carnival when someone took pity on us, shivering in polyester dresses!

By Sue Holden
On 24/08/2016

3am realisation: the other senior princess was called Debbie!  Now just to remember the name of the Junior Queen.

By Sue (Susie) Holden
On 02/09/2016
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