New Ringwood Carnival Queen visits offices of key sponsor

Crowning glory: Matthew Clake, Partner, Ellis Jones, places the tiara on new Ringwood Carnival Queen Katherine Douglas watched by attendants Alana Morris and Georgia D’Cruze and Michael Lingam-Willgoss of Ringwood Carnival.

New Ringwood Carnival Queen Katherine Douglas has performed one of the first official duties of her ‘royal’ year.

The 16-year-old began a busy few weeks by visiting the offices of carnival sponsor, Ellis Jones Solicitors, in Monmouth Court, Southampton Road.

Katherine, who was accompanied by her attendants Georgia D’Cruze and Alana Morris, was welcomed by Partner Matthew Clake.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to the carnival. I’ve wanted to be Carnival Queen for years,” said Katherine who enjoys musical theatre and is a keen tennis player.

Preparations are now well underway for this year’s carnival on Saturday September 15.

Carnival day includes an afternoon children’s procession and an evening illuminated parade.

Free events on The Bickerley include a fun fair, trade stands, the ‘Village Green’ with craft, charity and community stalls and a grand firework display evening finale.

Michael Lingam-Willgoss, President of Ringwood Carnival, said the carnival was on course to be another great community event.

“Ringwood Carnival really brings people together. It’s a fantastic event which is not only great fun but also raises thousands of pounds for charity. We seem to go from strength to strength,” he added.

The first Ringwood Carnival was held in 1928 with the event held every year since 1950.

Nigel Smith, Ellis Jones’ Managing Partner, said: “Ringwood Carnival is one of the area’s best-loved community events and we’re very pleased to play our part in its continuing success.”


Note to journalists:

Ellis Jones is a regional law firm with more than 160 staff including 15 partners. It has five offices across the south coast in Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs (Poole), Ringwood, Swanage and Wimborne – as well as London – and offers a wide range of services to individuals and businesses.

Ellis Jones was named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2018 Dorset Legal Awards. Nigel Smith, Managing Partner, also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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