Former gala queen found dead on island

Shakara Taylor, who is originally from Grange Park, was due to wed David Ravenscroft in a lavish Italian ceremony.
Shakara Taylor, who is originally from Grange Park, was due to wed David Ravenscroft in a lavish Italian ceremony.
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A woman who moved abroad from Blackpool to start a new life with the man of her dreams has died tragically near to her home in the Cayman Islands.

Shakara Taylor’s body was found outside an eight-storey apartment block in the Prospect area on Wednesday afternoon. She died of serious head injuries.

Unconfirmed local press reports claim someone was earlier seen falling from the building.

Royal Cayman Islands Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Miss Taylor’s death.

Originally from Grange Park, Miss Taylor, 31, was today described as the life and soul of the party.

Daniella Clarke, who has been Miss Taylor’s best friend for 25 years, said: “She was very popular. If Shakara was in a room, everybody knew about it.

“She was famous in her eyes – she called herself a princess.”

Once crowned the Grange Park Gala Queen, Miss Taylor is a former pupil of Greenlands High School, now Bispham High School.

She spent 15 years performing as a morris dancer with the Crusaders Morris Dancing Club, led by Daniella’s mum, Julie McShane, and was runner up at the World Championships many years ago.

Miss Taylor also performed in a Spice Girls tribute act, the Naughty But Nice Girls.

Daniella added: “Shakara decided to move to the Cayman Islands three years ago after meeting the love of her life. They were going to start a new life together.”

Miss Taylor was engaged and due to wed David Ravenscroft in a lavish Italian ceremony this summer.

Daniella added: “Now she has been taken from us so suddenly and so tragically.

“Her family and David are devastated – we all are.”

An inquest is expected to be opened next week, allowing Miss Taylor’s mother, Hayley, and step-dad Colin to have her body flown home.

She also leaves a sister, Jordana, and brother, Connor.

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