Lana Nail

Carnival Queen © Lana Patterson

Carnival Queen © Lana Patterson

Carnival Queen 1965 © Madame Patterson - Mademoiselle Nail

Carnival Queen 1965 © Madame Patterson – Mademoiselle Nail

Carnival Queen Lana From Illinois

Malmesbury Crown Goes to America

Malmesbury’s first transatlantic Carnival Queen was crowned on Saturday night with all pageantry the ancient borough could muster.

The 1965 queen who was crowned at Bremilham School by the film and television actress Miss Clare, is Miss Lana Nail (24) who comes from America. Her home is at Maccomb, Illinois, about 200 miles from Chicago, and she is in Malmesbury as a companion at the Kings Arms Hotel.

Lana has been in Malmesbury only since June and she told a Gazette and Herald reporter: “I am thrilled to bits.”

Trumpeters of Corsham Town Band sounded a fanfare as last years Queen, Miss Ann Clark, announced the choice from the five finalists.

The attendants are Miss Maureen Harris, Miss Margaret Mearns and Miss Pauline Major all of Malmesbury, and Miss Beryl Parsloe of Little Somerford.

Miss Clare crowned the queen, and attendants’ tiaras were placed on their heads by Mr Alexander Davion, better known as one of the stars in the television series Gideon’s Way.

Mayor Present

Also on stage were Mr. Francis Willey, who is appearing with Miss Clare and Mr. Davion in the Hammer Films production of the Zombies, and Miss Zia Foxwell, daughter of the film producer Mr. Ivan Foxwell, and Lady Edith Foxwell, of Sherston.

The stage party was completed by Mayor and Mayoress of Malmesbury (Coun. and Mrs. John Grimes), Alderman R. G. Young and S. W. Hudson and troopers of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, who acted as escorts.

In the audience were Mayors and Mayoresses of other Wiltshire towns, who acted as judges for the competition. They were the Mayor and Mayoress of Calne (Coun. and Mrs. H. W. Weston), the Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon (Coun. and Mrs. A. W. J Drumond), the Mayor and Mayoress of Devizes (Ald. R. G. Maslen and Miss L. Maslen) and the Mayor and Mayoresses of Chippenham (Coun. and Mrs. E. J. Badham).

Johnathan Adye (five) was page boy and two little girl attendants were Caroline Mott (six) and Elizabeth Garvie (seven). Mr. Tony Jones was the MC.

After the ceremony the queen and attendants drove through the town on an illuminated float to a wine and cheese party at the Kings Arms Hotel.

The Walnut Creek Tapes © Nine Inch Nails 1969

The Walnut Creek Tapes © Nine Inch Nails 1969

5 February, 2015
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