A BRIDAL business is providing the dresses for Kidderminster’s carnival queen, princess and rosebuds for the second year running.
The Weddings Rooms is sponsoring the gowns for the 2014 court, which will be selected on Sunday in contests at the town hall.
Mother and daughter Jenny Altindas and Sara Shell, who run the Bewdley Road company specialising in wedding and prom dresses, said they were both “delighted” to be involved again.
The duo have been supplying and altering gowns from their current premises for eight years, after moving from Bromsgrove, but the business was originally started by seamstress Mrs Altindas, who lives in Kidderminster, 26 years ago.
Alongside their day job, the mother and daughter have also created hundreds of elaborate pantomime costumes for the Limelight panto at The Rose Theatre over the past five years.
Mrs Altindas, who will be one of the judges, said: “The carnival is a truly community event and we are glad to be able to play our part. We wish all the contestants all the luck in the world.”
Doors open at 10am for registration for the rosebuds contest, which kicks off at 10.30am.
Judges will have the task of picking two youngsters aged six to nine to be rosebuds, a princess aged 10 to 13 and finally the carnival queen, aged 14 to 18, to be ambassadors for the town.
The winners will be VIPS at the carnival on Saturday, June 21, where they will be officially crowned before leading the revived street parade from Poplar Road to the Brinton Park showground.
Cash prizes of £10 will be presented to the rosebuds, £30 to the princess and £75 to the queen on their big day.
The princess competition will start at about 12.30pm and the queen contest at 1.30pm.
Entry is £2.50, which includes a portrait photograph, and contestants can enter in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on the day.
Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle to boost carnival funds, proceeds of which will go to Wyre Forest Nightstop and Mediation, which helps young homeless people.