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MIdsummer queen reigns supreme

PUBLISHED: 18:09 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 23 August 2010

CROWNED: Student Laura Andrews

CROWNED: Student Laura Andrews

REVELLERS who attended a weekend extravaganza to witness the end of this year s Reporter sponsored Big 7 Festival hailed it as the best ever. Following requests from readers we have decided to publish more pictures from the successful event that end on S

REVELLERS who attended a weekend extravaganza to witness the end of this year's Reporter sponsored Big 7 Festival hailed it as the best ever.

Following requests from readers we have decided to publish more pictures from the successful event that end on Sunday, July 5.

Onlooker Jay Holly, 21, who wrote to the news team, said: "The Midsummer Queen looked wonderful. It's such a historical event and is the centre piece of such an amazing weekend.

"Everyone is already looking forward to next year's event."

The weekend of music, dance and boat racing included the annual crowning of the Midsummer Queen, a traditional Pagan ceremony of dance and petal throwing.

Lauren Andrews, 18, a student, of White Post Lane, Culverstone, was crowned Gravesham's Midsummer Queen at a ceremony the Fort Gardens, on Saturday July 4.

The event was opened by Carol Ann School of Dance, based on Milton Road, Gravesend, with a performance of Ballet to Waltz of the Flowers by students aged five to 16.

Carol Ann Pullen, of Carol Ann School of Dance, said: "I was very proud indeed of all my students and would like to say thank you to them and their parents for all the support they gave me with the preparations for this event, not only the costumes but also the hard work with rehearsals.

"I'd also like to say a big thank you to all the other dance schools who took part in this event."

The event also featured performances by Darnley School of Dance, Amelia Appleby School of Performing Arts, Emma Street Dance, Quick Steps Dance Academy and Hayley Lou School of Dance.

Gravesham Borough Council has been organising the annual event since 1948 with a different Gravesham-based dance school presenting the queen each year.

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