After two weeks of searching for its own royal to reign over the summer sideshow, Carnivále, The York Dungeon crowned its alternative Carnivále King this Yorkshire Day (1st August) – with not a sequin in sight!
22-year-old Andy Harrison from Market Weighton was selected as the winner after much scrutiny and deliberation of all the entries by the Dungeon’s very own courtroom judge. He felt that Andy stood out as the perfect representative of the attraction, with his written application demonstrating the right level of rascalism required for the role.
The York Dungeon’s summer stars, Ringmaster Walter and his wife, Madam Caroline were on hand to officially sash the new King in his royal attire.
The popular tourist attraction launched a hunt to find a Carnivále King or Queen with a difference, someone that could encapsulate the fiendishly fun spirit of the Dungeon, and people from all walks of life and all shapes and sizes were encouraged to apply, before Andy was unveiled as the winner.
“It’s absolutely amazing to be chosen as the King and be part of this exciting opportunity. When I first applied I wasn’t sure what my chances of winning were but thought it was worth a try anyway and I’m so glad it all paid off!”
Ringmaster Walter said:
“Andy was the most spectacular, sensational, extraordinary applicant by far and will be perfect as our official Carnivàle King.
“We’re so glad he stepped right up to apply for the title and we’ll no doubt be seeing a lot of him over the next few months as she can visit as often as he wants during his 12 month reign.”
The fabulous Carnivàle sideshow runs until 1st September and stars a cast of cheeky and colourful characters, including the darkly entertaining Ringmaster Walter and the mischievous Madame Caroline. Visitors are also encouraged to try their hand on the wheel of misfortune – if they dare!
The York Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious, fun and sometimes a bit scary!
Your 80 minute journey will take you through 2,000 years of York’s dark history. Guided by a full cast of actors, you and your companions walk through The Dungeon, moving from show to show. Shows are based on York’s real history (minus the boring bits). You’ll get up close and personal with local legends including Eric Bloodaxe and Dick Turpin.
It’s a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you’ll pass through York Castle Prison and hear the tale of the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin and NEW for 2014 Tyrannical Tudors; join the Traitors Rebellion as Henry VIII brings the wrath of the Tudors against the City of York.
For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to thedungeons.com/york/en/ . Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.