Grantham’s 2013 Carnival Princess is...Antonia Towning!

Carnival Princess 2013 Antonia Towning (centre) and attendants Francesa Morley (left) and Jessica Smith. Photo: 238D
Carnival Princess 2013 Antonia Towning (centre) and attendants Francesa Morley (left) and Jessica Smith. Photo: 238D

Carnival Princess 2013 was announced on Saturday night amid loud cheering.

Taking the crown this year is Antonia Towning, a 12-year-old pupil of Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham.

Antonia impressed the judging panel with her confidence and humour, and was “really pleased” to win the coveted title.

Speaking after the presentation of sashes, prizes and the all important tiara, Antonia said: “I feel really shocked I’ve won, I just can’t believe it.

“I’ve quite enjoyed tonight. Making up answers on the spot was really, really hard. It makes you think a lot but I thought it was really good fun.”

Antonia’s face was a picture of surprise when her name was called out as Carnival Princess by ceremony compere Ross Garrigan.

She said: “I had given up because I’m not very good with confidence and stuff so I knew it wouldn’t be me.”

Coming close runners-up were Francesca Morley, 13, from West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s, and Jessica Smith, 13, a pupil of Walton Girls’ High School.

Both girls impressed the judges, Journal deputy editor Marie Baker, Unveiled by Leanne proprietor Leanne Docherty and 2012 Carnival Princess Casey Cant.

The competition, held this year at Grantham College Refectory, was the closest it has ever been, with many of the entrants showing what it takes to take the top spot.

However, there could be only one winner and two runners-up, who will act as attendants to the Carnival Princess during the carnival weekend of June 14-16.