A Fylde coast teenager is on top of the world after winning a top pageant title.
Ammie Shipton, 16, was crowned Junior Miss Lancashire ahead of hundreds of other hopeful girls at a sparkling ceremony at the Sands Venue in Blackpool in February.
Shesaid: “We had to do quite a lot of fund-raising for the children’s charity Variety. I did a sponsored swim and a sponsored run, as well as a cake sale out and about with my family.
“You had to go to an interview and activity day and explain what we wanted to do with the title and explain why you thought you would be a good role model.
“I am passionate about art so I said I would like to incorporate art into my fundraising and make money by selling artwork.”
After soaring through the preliminary stages, Ammie, who lives at Chandlers Rest in Lytham, took to the catwalk in a themed fashion show focusing on sportswear, evening gowns, and party clothes.
But it was her hand-crafted dress, based on good witch Glinda from the smash musical hit Wicked, which wowed the judges and won her the prize of best ‘eco’ fashion.
She said: “I did a dress made out of blue satin; it was a corset and a skirt. It was originally inspired by the musical as part of my coursework for school.”
Competitors were also judged on how well they pitched themselves to the public, with Ammie winning first place in the publicity award.
Despite this, the Lytham High School student was shocked when her name was announced as the overall winner of the competition.
She said: “I didn’t think I was going to win because it was my first ever time doing it.
“I didn’t think they said my name at first. It didn’t really register.
“I had to go on the stage and get my crown and my sash and have my photo taken. I was shocked.
“I’m going to help out with the finalists interviews next year and I’m going to do some charity work with Miss Lancashire. I’ll be making appearances and doing lots of events!”
Ammie’s glittering success means she now qualifies as a frontrunner in this year’s Miss Teen Great Britain, which will take place in Blackpool in November.
Proud mum Joanne Shipton, 48, said: “I’m over the moon to be honest. I’m really proud of her and I’m really pleased. I didn’t think she would win!
“She’s a real credit to me.
“Quite a few of the girls had entered the competition quite a few times so for her first time entering, to actually go on to win it I think is amazing.
“She gets to hold the title for 12 months and I’m sure she will enter again.”