Meet the New Prince and Princess

THE Bower prince, princess and their deputies for this year’s celebration have been chosen at a special Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Lichfield Guildhall.
Youngsters gathered at the venue on Sunday which had been filled with large playing cards, a life-sized chessboard and chess pieces, a magical tea party, and lots of games to play.
As part of the selection process and application, children were asked to state a local charity they would support and the reasons why.
Following in the footsteps of former Queens Croft School pupil, 2013 Deputy Bower Queen Charlotte Aspley, is this year’s Bower Princess is Kirstie Matthews, aged 15, who herself attends Queens Croft and who has pledged to support Charity Action for Children.
“I support this charity as it is close to my heart,” said Kirstie. “They have supported me in many ways and I would like to thank them.”
The 2014 Bower Prince is Aaron Breese aged 10.
“My supported charity this year is St Giles Hospice,” said Aaron. “We regularly support St Giles Hospice by donations and taking part in fun runs, It’s a Knock Out and Race for Life.”
This year’s Deputy Prince Callum Doyle, aged eight, and Deputy Princess Isabelle Snape, aged seven, have pledging their commitment to St Giles Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event also saw live music from Ras King Bobo who kept the children thoroughly entertained with juggling, spinning, and drum lessons.
Ras first appeared in the Bower Music Tent last year and was recently auditioned as part of Lichfield’s Got Talent.
Bower Prince and Princess Co-ordinator Louise Lakin said: “I have only just joined the committee and I know they were looking for something different this year so we decided to use the Alice in Wonderland theme.
“The kids have had a great time above all and we have some great winners and runners up for this year’s historic titles.
“It is a pleasure to be involved with the historical Lichfield Greenhill Bower and I’m thoroughly looking forward to preparing the floats for the procession and planning opportunities to help the children connect with the charities that mean so much to them.
The Bower Committee would like to give a big thank you to Olivia for the Mad Hatters tea party theming, Little Lacey’s Cakes, Greggs for the catering and also Silver Blades Ice Rink in Cannock.