At last weekend’s Colchester Carnival, glamorous granny Joyce Freeman paraded the streets in the back of a chauffeur driven wedding car, much to the delight on the onlookers. A local wedding car hire company offered its services after the Mrs Freeman made an appeal for an open top car through the Colchester County Standard newspaper the previous week.
The great-grandmother is a prominent figure in Colchester Carnival’s history. She was banned from entering the carnival queen competition in 1995 as she was deemed too old at the age of 69. Thanks to the people of Colchester who gave the determined OAP their full backing, Mrs Freeman went on to achieve her goal.
The 83-year-old has since been involved in many carnival processions at a variety of towns in her local area including Tiptree, Chelmsford, Malden and Ipswich. She even represented Colchester Hospital radio on one occasion and her ban from the Colchester Carnival was lifted allowing the plucky gran free reign to strut her stuff.
However with just days to spare before the 2009 event in Colchester, Mrs Freeman found herself without transportation. Determined to take part in the procession, she put out a plea through her local paper for anyone with an open top car to get in touch. Peter Williams was the generous wedding car owner who came forward to rescue the damsel in distress and managed to squeeze the unconventional queen’s ride in between a packed schedule of wedding bookings.
The smiling carnival queen, complete with tiara, lace gloves and ball dress was treated to a chauffeur driven ride in the vintage wedding car on the big day. The pensioner was a definite hit with the carnival-goers proving that age is just a number.