Fifth time lucky for Jessica

Beth Dust (left), second place, Jessica Bradder - winner Miss Blackpool 2015 and Alicia Sagar, third place'Pic: Howard Barton, LRPS
Beth Dust (left), second place, Jessica Bradder - winner Miss Blackpool 2015 and Alicia Sagar, third place'Pic: Howard Barton, LRPS
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Jessica Bradder, from 
Bispham, has proved persistence pays off.

The 24-year-old has been crowned Miss Blackpool 2015 – at her fifth attempt.

She impressed the judges and guests to beat off competition from 18 other girls in a catwalk show and interview round at the glittering grand final, held at Viva Showbar, Blackpool.

But for Jessica, while the title is a massive boost and honour, it really was the taking part which counted.

She said: “I’m still in shock, really. I couldn’t believe it when they called out my number as the winner.

“It feels amazing, especially as it was my fifth time
taking part.

“The first time I took part, I came second, so, after being so close, I didn’t expect to win.

“I’ve kept taking part because I just really enjoy the whole experience.

“I love going up onstage, I love doing all the rehearsals, I love the preparations like finding a dress, blinging up your bikini – any excuse to buy new shoes.

“I really enjoy meeting all the girls. I’ve made some 
really good friends through it – so it’s more like a get 
together with my friends than a 
competition. All the girls are so supportive of each other, we have such a laugh – it’s great fun.

“For me, winning the title was just an added bonus, the icing on the cake.

“I just love taking part in Miss Blackpool.”

Jessica currently works part-time at Blueberries boutique department store in Topping Street, Blackpool, and as a model, through Angels Elite Modelling Agency – the organiser of the Miss Blackpool pageant, which is the longest-running seaside beauty contest in the UK.

The former Cardinal Allen High School 
pupil said: “I’m a trained dancer and I’m really interested in fashion.

“My ambition is to eventually move into modelling full-time. It was through taking part in Miss Blackpool I was signed by Angels Elite and started modelling.

“I love getting to wear all the fantastic clothes, and having my hair and make-up done.”

She added: “I can’t wait to start doing some charity events and public appearances.

“I feel really proud and excited to represent Blackpool, especially as I feel it has been on the up recently.”

Karen Jean Cookson, from Angels Elite, which organises the Miss Blackpool competition – now in its sixth decade – said: “It was an absolutely amazing final.

“There were 19 finalists, who were all fabulous. They worked so hard and everyone had a great night.”

In second place was Beth Dust, 23, from Thornton, and third placed was Alicia Sagar, 18, of Blackpool.

* For more pictures of the catwalk action and guests at the event, see Happy Days in Saturday’s Gazette.