Young beauties take centre stage in Fylde coast pageant
The first heat has taken place of this year's Miss Junior Bispham beauty contest.
Now in its second year, the locally-based pageant is raising money for Cancer Research UK and sees Fylde coast girls and young teenagers battle it out to win the crown, sash and title of Miss Junior Bispham.
The first heat was held at Bispham Conservative Club, compered by Leonine Pemberton, Miss Crown And Glory, with judges including Coco Courtney – Little Miss Teen GB, Poppy Gorman – Miss Teen United Kingdom and Tara King – last year’s Miss Junior Bispham.
Those through to the final, which will take place on June 10, so far are: Georgina Woodhouse – who won Best Dress, Tiegan Williams, Shakira Othman, Caitlin Tullock, Alanis Caitrin O’Donnell, Summer Maycock, Melody Maycock, Leonna Chester Wood, Kacey Carpenter and Sasha Star Binks – who won Most Confidence.
Anthony Turner, pageant director, said the event had grown from its first year and was going from strength-to-strength.
He said: “I would like to thank all our contestants old and new and all our amazing sponsors for making Miss Junior Bispham pageant what it is today.
“We promote the values of self-esteem and self-confidence and we encourage dreams, we believe in positive words and actions.
“We also hope to transform lives by helping others and raising money for charity Cancer Research UK.
“All our amazing beauty queens have been so busy with all their wonderful fundraising activities and making appearances in the local community.
“I’m so grateful to everyone involved in the pageant and we hope to get bigger and better and encourage all our contestants to inspire, lead, achieve and make their mark in life.
“I would like to thank every parent, contestant and supporter who participated in the first heat and made it such a success.
“The contestants were all absolutely gorgeous and completely lady-like. We had contestants congratulating other contestants, and contestants helping one another get ready, which made me so proud.
“Phil and Son entertainments gave us a wonderful performance and our judges were amazing.
“We are now looking forward to the final in June, as well as taking entries for Miss Junior Bispham 2018, taking place at the Savoy Hotel in Blackpool.”
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