Beauty queen wins runner up award

Ammie Shipton, Junior Miss Lancashire
Ammie Shipton, Junior Miss Lancashire
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A Fylde coast teenager has set her sights on a national title after being crowned runner up at her first UK beauty pageant.

Ammie Shipton, 17, wore the second place crown at the Britain’s Junior Miss competition at the Last Drop Village Hotel in Bromley last week.

It comes a year after the Lytham High School student was crowned Miss Junior Lancashire ahead of hundreds of other hopeful girls at the Sands Venue in Blackpool.

She said: “I was actually speechless. I don’t cry, but I cried when I found out I came second because the standard was so high. I didn’t think I’d place at all.

“I think it was because I raised money in a creative way.”

Ammie, who lives on Dunlin Drive in Lytham, used her artistic skills to place highly in the competition, selling portraits to raise money for the beauty pageant’s chosen charity, Variety, which improves the lives of children in the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

She missed out on first place to Miss Junior Preston, Elli Westwood.

She said: “We had to make an outfit and I based mine on a paiting of the Fylde coast. I created skirt out of a canvas material and painted the coast on it.

“Prior to the evening I completely more than 100 appearances at just little events and I raised £400 for Variety, the children’s charity.

“I also raised money for Cancer Research and the Alzheimers Society and Streetlife.

“I also designed a logo for the fashion shop Blueberries in Blackpool and they actually accepted it.”

Now Ammie, who someday hopes to make a living through her art, is looking forward to competing in next year’s Miss Great Britain pageant as she advances from the junior stage of the competition.

She said: “Hopefully I’ll be doing Miss Lancashire and that will lead me to the Miss England finals, which is part of Miss World.

“I’ve also got a campaign on domestic abuse planned that I’ve only just started, and I’ll be volunteering with Lancashire Mind.”