THE new Miss Fylde Coast says she owes a lot to her mum.
Jenna Howard, 23, says she would not have even entered the contest, had her mum Lindy Parr not given her the push to do so.
The South Shore lass said: “It was all because of my mum. She has been saying for years I should do something like this.
“I don’t think I’d ever have had the confidence to do it, if it hadn’t been for her encouraging me to sign up.
“It was the last year I could have done it, before I reach the upper age limit.
“So in the end I just thought ‘why not’, I decided to go for it and put my application in.
“It’s all because of my mum!”
Jenna, who works in customer services at Fylde Borough Council, said: “I never expected to get so far in the competition and I really never thought for a moment I would win!
“We weren’t on stage when they announced the winner, we were all in a little room.
“It was lovely, all the girls were holding hands, supporting each other, and then they called my name.
“I couldn’t believe it.
“I just froze for a minute and the other girls said ‘go on – you have to go on stage’.
“It was just such a brilliant night.
“When I looked round and saw all the other girls, they were all so beautiful, such lovely girls, I didn’t think I would win.”
Jenna, who is currently learning to play the guitar, said: “My favourite bits of the night I think were when we did a silly dance to the Harlem Shake – I actually laughed so much I was crying and my other favourite thing was just meeting the other girls.
“We’d never met each other before the competition and had all only met the week before the final at a fitness boot camp.
“All the girls were lovely.
“It was such a great atmosphere, it was really friendly and everybody supported each other.
“That was the nicest thing, the way everybody all looked out for each other and encouraged each other.
“I have made some new friends from it, friends for life.
“We’re all meeting up for a meal this week to catch up.”
It will now be a busy time for Jenna, as she will be organising fundraising events, attending occasions and getting ready for the Miss England semi-final in May.
If she gets through that, she will be competing in the national Miss England grand final.
Jenna – originally from Lytham – said: “I’m really looking forward to doing the charity work.
“I enjoy fundraising and organising events, I’ve done it before.
“I like knowing it will help and there’s also a great sense of achievement.
“It’s going to be a busy time but I can’t wait.”
And Jenna will have the full support of her family – including her brother, Radio One DJ Danny Howard.
The former Lytham St Annes High School student said: “All my family are amazing, Danny came on Sunday to support me in the competition.
“I’ve had such great support from my mum, my step-mum Elaine Howard, my sisters Jade, who is 16 and Gabrielle, who is only eight.
“Elaine helped me find my dress for the contest, she was great.
“My dad passed away nearly three years ago, so we are all really close.
“My family are brilliant.”