A VERY excited young ballerina has been crowned this year’s Broadwater Carnival Princess.
Jasmine Pelling, of Bellview Road, Worthing, won the contest with 396 votes more than the other contestants.
The eight-year-old, who attends Thomas A’ Becket First School, said she was “really happy” and that it “felt wonderful” to win.
She said: “I was thinking because there were two Jasmines, I thought it would be Jasmine Guy who won, so I was shocked.”
She added: “I am looking forward to waving at everybody and smiling.”
Jasmine attends Jean Butterworth School of Dancing, Star Academy of Performance and Tori Productions.
She said her win was thanks to her dance friends that voted for her.
Proud mum Karen, 47, said: “She stood there and cried because she was so excited.
“It was funny because she said when she was standing there waiting with the other girls for the announcement she was praying with her fingers crossed and she was trying to cross her toes but her shoes were hurting.”
Jasmine is the second in her family to be crowned princess, with older sister Amanda winning in 2007.
Jasmine is having a special puffed-sleeved dress made for the carnival by family friend and dress-designer Jane Conway.
Attendants this year are 10-year-old Keryce Kaplan, of Heron Court, Worthing, and eight-year-old Tavi Tugwell, of Elms Drive, Lancing.