Joy and sadness for Morecambe Carnival Queen Lucy

Proud: The Hood family, Lucy, Vicki, Joshua, Andrew and Emily
Proud: The Hood family, Lucy, Vicki, Joshua, Andrew and Emily
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The mother of the Morecambe Carnival Queen has said her late daughter would be proud of her sister’s achievements as she takes the crown.

Lucy Hood, eight, will wear the title in memory of her late sister Emily who died in October 2012.

When Emily fell ill her parents Andrew and Vicki Hood initially thought their daughter contracted a stomach bug but her health deteriorated. The dancer and pupil at St Peter’s School in Heysham, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly due to a rare congenital bowel abnormality.

The family were devastated by their loss and set up Emily’s Starlite in her memory.

Vicki said: “Emily would be very proud. We miss her everyday but we all have such lovely memories. We just try and keep going for the sake of the family and try to keep a normal, happy life for our children and that is what this Carnival is going to do.”

Lucy has managed to smile through the tears and her parents are amazed at how well she has coped.

Vicki said: “Lucy has flourished in the last two and a half years since losing Emily, we are so proud of her and our son Joshua.”

Lucy is following in Emily’s footsteps as a keen dancer at LAMATA dance school in Morecambe.

It’s a dream come true for Lucy who will open the festival on Sunday along with seven-year-old Carnival King Declan Alexander.

Declan was born with chest problems and has overcome two rounds of major surgery. He was nominated by Susanne Smith, Bursar at Mossgate Primary School.

Lucy was nominated by Sarah Kitching, a friend of the family, who thought it would be a nice treat for Lucy’s ninth birthday this Thursday.