THE lady who recently wrote to the Gazette criticising the format of the Miss Blackpool competition obviously doesn’t appreciate the background to this much-loved seaside institution, nor realise that it is the very fact that girls from right across the country can enter that makes it special.
If you go back to the origin of these “bathing beauty” competitions back in the 1950s, they were specifically designed to appeal to the thousands of holidaymakers who were visiting the coastal resorts during their “wakes weeks” holidays.
Each of the weekly heats of Miss Blackpool would thus attract entrants and spectators from separate visiting mill towns who were on holiday in Blackpool that week, meaning the Grand Final would be totally representative of all the people who had come to Blackpool over the course of the summer.
To keep up with the times, the Miss Blackpool competition now welcomes entries from girls who are married or who have children and, unlike some other competitions, the upper age limit is now 30. Despite being open to entrants from right across the country, the vast majority of finalists still tend to come from Blackpool and the surrounding area and the Miss Blackpool crown remains one of the most sought-after titles in the country.
The current holder, Miss Ella Green, lives in Layton and has had a very successful year supporting all manner of good causes locally as well as being an excellent ambassador for the town of Blackpool.
The black tie grand final – to be held this year at the Norbreck Castle Hotel on August 19 – is always a glamorous and fun evening. It is a very good opportunity for corporate entertaining and networking.
Friends and families of the 16 finalists go along to support their own favourites, and members of the public are also very welcome to attend.
Tickets are on sale now from www.missblackpool2011.co.uk.
WHAT has happened to our sea?
As a member of north pier angling club, I have seen our sea devoid of fish – rarely do we catch anything now. Why is this? It can’t be overfishing, as the trawler fleets went out of business years ago.
Someone told me the council use chemicals to wash the seawall. Could that be poisoning the fish?
MR P SMITH
Lincoln Road Blackpool
MAY I thank Gareth Birch of Napthens Solicitors who facilitated the donation to us of quality office furniture and sundries.
Napthens have moved offices from Springfield Road to Whitehills Business Park, and they generously gave us the above items which were not required at their new offices.
The need for animal welfare is great in this area and, as we are self-funding at Longview Animal Home, this gift has proved a huge asset.
Many of the items will go to furnish the meeting room, reception area, surgery, examination and recovery rooms and offices at our new state-of-the-art animal centre, which is currently in the build at Stalmine.
The remaining furniture will be sold through our second-hand furniture shop, soon to be opened on Highfield Road Blackpool.
The legal work was done by Napthens, and we were very impressed by the overall service provided to us and the improvements negotiated on our behalf.
This means that monies which we raise can go directly on animal welfare.
The animals in our care in Longview are there through no fault of their own and so deserve a second chance in life.
If anyone wishes to make a donation to help the animals in Longview, please write to Longview Animal Centre Division Lane Marton Blackpool or telephone (01253) 763991.
Honorary chair, RSPCA