The Weymouth Carnival Queen competition is being scrapped on the grounds that it is "outdated" and doesn’t promote equal opportunities. The decision has been made by organisers, a group called Weymouth Community Volunteers who have taken over the event from the Round Table who have organised it for the last 50 years. Instead of a beautiful young local girl the parade will be led by a "Carnival Community Champion."

I am pleased that Conservative-run Weymouth and Portland Council have expressed regret at the planned change. It is not clear what involvement the Council have in the event and so what can be done about the situation. Perhaps the Round Table could be persuaded to take it back. Doubtless they feel cheated by the planned change.

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