Wednesday 9th January 2008 by C. Freeman
Year 10 student, Megan Brown, has just won the title of Miss Oakley Vale and she'll represent the area in a variety of local events. Megan has been awarded a sash, tiara and £100 for a dress to wear at the Corby Carnival Queen contest next year.
Megan was interviewed by a panel from the town's carnival committee before being given the title.
Megan, aged 14, said: 'I have lived on Oakley Vale for four years and like it because it's a new development and a really nice community. It was a friendly atmosphere at the auditions. I was really excited about getting the title and feel like I've achieved something.'
Each year about 18 regional titles from Corby are awarded with the winners going forward to auditions in March to decide who will be queen for the 2008 carnival season. Megan said: 'The carnival queen audition will be at the Grampian Club in Corby, with an interview on stage with a microphone which I'm absolutely dreading!'
The carnival court and deputy court will carry out official engagements in the town and beyond, supporting local events and attending carnivals throughout the region as representatives of Corby.
Megan, who does tap and modern dance in her spare time, already has an idea of the dress she wants to buy from suppliers, Bonnie Brides, who sponsor the carnival. She said: 'I've either got to have white, gold or cream because those are the colours chosen for Miss Oakley Vale. A friend of mine wants to come with me to choose the dress.'
Terri Meechan from the Corby Carnival Association said: 'The main purpose of the Corby Carnival Court and the Deputy Court, apart from being the figureheads at Corby's own Carnival in July, is to promote Corby as a town and to help raise much needed funds for all sorts of projects, and to bring a smile and a bit of happiness to those who need it.
'To be a Carnival Queen or Princess can be a tiring job, but they soon get used to wearing the regalia of the stunning gown and tiara along with the Corby Carnival Queen or Princess sash, not to mention the endless photographs, all the smiling and waving, the discos and social events, the travelling, being spoiled everywhere they go, the endless fun – it's such a tough life, but someone has to do it !'