Celebration time as Rebecca and Chantal lift crowns

left to right: Miss Fylde Coast finals 2015'Liv Seed, Miss Charity'Rebecca Copsey, Miss Fylde Coast'Emily Baldwin, Miss Popularity'Pic: Hayley Taylor
left to right: Miss Fylde Coast finals 2015'Liv Seed, Miss Charity'Rebecca Copsey, Miss Fylde Coast'Emily Baldwin, Miss Popularity'Pic: Hayley Taylor
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These glam girls are celebrating after taking the area’s top beauty crowns.

Rebecca Copsey, from Staining, was named Miss 
Fylde Coast and Chantal Blakey, of Blackpool, took the title of Miss Junior Fylde Coast.

Chantal was also the winner of the Miss Junior Charity title – after raising a staggering £820 for the event’s chosen charity, The Variety Club Children’s Charity.

The girls saw off the competition at the glittering grand final of the annual beauty pageant, which took place at The Sands Venue, Blackpool, to take their crowns. The aim of the Miss Fylde Coast contest is to show beauty is more than skin deep, with a big focus on charity work, confidence, fun and friendship.

Rebecca, 24 – who works in a stockbrokers as a foreign ambassador – said she was shocked when the judges announced she was the winner.

The former Hodgson High School pupil said: “I couldn’t believe it. This was my fifth year taking part in the competition, so I really didn’t expect to win.

“But I had been determined not to give up and to keep trying, and I think that perhaps impressed the judges.”

Miss Fylde Coast is the north west heat of Miss England, so Rebecca will now compete in the national contest. The semi-final takes place in July, in Nottingham.

Rebecca, whose hobbies include reading and spending time with family and friends, said: “It was a big relief, really, to know my hard work had finally paid off.

“I really enjoyed the whole night of the final.

“Now I’m going to focus on the semi-final of Miss England and planning fund-raising events for the charity, Beauty With A Purpose.

“I’ll be doing back-packing and am hoping to organise an event with some of the other girls.

“I’m just pleased and proud to be able to represent the Fylde Coast.”

For the sportswear round, Rebecca wore a neon crop top, with capri pants to stand out and jogged down the catwalk.

For the partywear section, she showed off her hourglass figure with a black pencil dress and for the evening wear round, she went for an elegant red dress.

Her eco-dress was a fancy dress costume, from the Little Mermaid, recycled, from wearing a friend’s party.

And for Chantal Blakey, it was two for the price of one.

The 15-year-old, from Blackpool, scooped the Junior Miss Fylde Coast title, but was also crowned Junior Miss Charity, for her fund-raising efforts.

The Queen Mary’s School 
pupil said: “It was just a massive shock when they called out my name and said I’d won. I really didn’t expect it. I really enjoyed taking part and doing all the fund-raising. I won the Miss Charity title in last year’s competition, too. I feel it’s important to help others. I hope it’s a good example, as teenagers can sometimes have a bad reputation. But there are young people who raise money for charity, who take time out of their lives to raise money.”

Chantal and Rebecca are hoping to carry on with their fundraising, as well as making public appearances and helping at local events over the course of the next year.

Visit www.missfyldecoast.co.uk

* Rebecca is hoping local people will get behind her in the Miss England semi-finals. To vote for Rebecca, text MISS SEMI60 to 63333.

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