THE carnival court of Hastings has won an award for showing the true spirit of Christmas.
Led by current carnival queen Tamara Gates and her princesses, the entourage came out on top at a recent meet in Deal, Kent - the only winter parade on the carnival circuit.
Together with the drives, chaperones, marshals and, of course, Popeye and Olive, Miss Gates scooped the Spirit of Christmas award - a prize given to the best team.
A delighted Miss Gates told the Observer: “This is a prestigious trophy and winning it is one of the highlights of our season and a great way to finish 2010.”
The beautiful brunette is still bidding to add the Miss England title to her Hatsings crown.
For details of how to vote for Miss Gates, visit www.1066.net/carnival.