A record number of girls came forward to fight for the chance of being crowned the Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival Queen.

Around 40 girls turned out at Longleaze Primary School last Thursday for the chance to win the title of this year’s carnival queen, carnival princess or one of the butterfly princesses.

The youngsters will lead this year’s carnival through the town on May 17.

Ceri Pridding, who is part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival Committee, said: “We’ve always had a carnival queen and princesses and I think it’s a nice tradition to have.”

The categories ranged in age from Year 2 to Year 7 and above and were judged by town dignitaries.

Josephine Lee and Natasha Taperek were eventually crowned the butterfly princesses while Jemma Lynch was crowned the carnival princess and Megan Lynch was the carnival queen.

The carnival royals will ride in front of the procession in a car provided by Function Cars of Purton.