Miss Blackpool hopefuls have splashing time

Hollie Robinson
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WITH sparkling smiles, perfect hair and stylish swimsuits, beautiful Miss Blackpool hopefuls had a splashing time at the resort’s most tropical attraction.

There was plenty of glamour as the 16 stunning contestants took a dip at Sandcastle Waterworld on the Promenade.

Finalists in the Miss Blackpool 2011

Finalists in the Miss Blackpool 2011

Contestant Jessica Bradder, 20, from Cleveleys, said: “I’m really excited. I’ve not done it before so it’s a great, new experience.

“I’d love to represent Blackpool – it’s having so much work done to it, so to be the face of it now would be amazing.”

Sophie Jarvis, 19, from central Blackpool, who moved to the resort seven years ago when her parents took over the Clifton Private Hotel, on Charnley Road, said: “The heats were really exciting and gave me confidence. I feel so lucky to have got through. It’s so exciting.

“I would love to represent Blackpool.”

Sophie Jarvis

Sophie Jarvis

And Beth Dust, also 19, from Thornton, said: “It’s nerve-wracking. Coming to the Sandcastle is what I’ve been really looking forward to. It’s fun.

“I’d love to represent Blackpool and be a good role model for people.”

The fun at the Sandcastle brought a lot of memories back for this year’s reigning Miss Blackpool, Ella Green.

She said: “This is a really fun part of the competition. I was the first one to get my hair wet and dive in.

Cassie Lowes and Beth Dust

Cassie Lowes and Beth Dust

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride this year. Hopefully, I’ve been the best Miss Blackpool I can be.”

The competition finalists will meet again next week, when they are whisked off to G Casino in a limo, courtesy of Jet Set Limousines.

Then the pressure will really be on during the grand final at the Norbreck Hotel, on Friday, August 19.

Organiser Karen-Jean Cookson, from Angels Elite Models, said: “We’ve got a really lovely bunch of girls. It’s a great experience for them and good fun.”