This is a photograph of Amy Reynolds, Newtown's Carnival Queen and her entourage. This 'royal' party won the 'Visiting Queen' competition at Welshpool Carnival this afternoon. The judges were Montgomeryshire MP, Lembit Opik and his Conservative opponent, yours truly. In a rare moment of total synchronisation of minds, we agreed that Amy and co should triumph.
Mind you, it was not an easy decision. Much head scratching was undertaken before the decision was made. This team was much younger than that representing Rhayader - so it was a bit like judging apples and pears. And then there was the issue of what relative 'weighting' should be given to the Queen, the entourage, and the lorry. It could have gone either way, but in the end the two judges reached that magical stage where perfect harmony broke out. Congratulation Amy.
After the judging, Lembit and I accompanied the Carnival Procession through the streets of Welshpool, equipped with collection buckets. I hadn't done this before, and wasn't sure of the form. So I just asked everyone if they wanted to donate to the Carnival's charities - and many of them did. I said it so often that I started asking for donations to the Charnival's carities. I did suggest to Lembit that next year, all the political parties should enter a float in the procession, and ask the spectators to choose the winner. I suppose it would mean dressing up in drag to enable us to enter the 'Visiting Queen' competition. After very little consideration, we both decided it could be a bit too dangerous. But it would certainly have given the WoS's 'Spin Doctor' something to write about.