For any young teenager, getting dressed up and strutting your stuff on a stage is a nerve-wracking yet exciting experience. I always look up to the juniors who take part in our heats. Some were just 13 years old; I for one know that I would have been so scared going on stage at such a young age, yet all of our girls put 100% effort into our heats – that’s something they should be very proud of!
On Sunday 28th February 2016, the Miss England North West organisation held their first ever Junior Miss Lancashire event alongside Junior Miss North West at the stunning Sands Venue in Blackpool. Though many people think that these type of competitions are based purely on how one looks, our contestants continuously show how far this is from the truth. I was, very kindly, asked to judge this particular heat, which was an honour for me to get the chance to help to choose my very own little sister – but of course as ever, the choice of who ‘wins’ is never an easy one to make.
Months of team work, dedication and passion are put into our heats. Raising money for our chosen charity, Variety, The Children’s Charity is one main aspect of the final. Variety, The Children’s Charity is an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children all across the UK. This year, the contestants went above and beyond and raised one of the highest amounts ever raised through one heat. Just a fantastic example of how hard our contestants work in order to help improve the lives of others.
Our overall Junior Miss Lancashire winner is a beautiful young lady called Ammie Shipton. At just 16, Ammie is studying at Lytham High School; she takes upon dancing in her spare time and has a strong passion for art just like me! I think myself and Ammie will have lots to discuss regarding the creative world! Although all our finalists are winners in their own right, Ammie is such a deserving winner and a natural beauty inside and out; I can’t wait to see her personal journey as Junior Miss Lancashire 2016, and to also work with her along the way – it’s all so exciting. Our very special Junior Miss North West Winner is Alex Moran. Alex just shines with confidence and has a wonderfully enthusiastic personality. I know that our current Miss North West Christina will keep her extremely busy with all the fantastic events she has planned! Yet another successful event completed and two more girls to add to the Team North West Family.
On the morning of the final I was asked to be a part of a beach Photoshoot with the one and only Kev Wise. Kev has worked within the Miss England Organisation for several years now and has been involved in numerous Miss England Heats and of course his own independent photography work. I, Miss North West Christina Cunningham, Miss Preston Holly Moore and Mr England Chris Bramwell all took to St. Anne’s beach – somewhere close to my heart that always reminds me of happy childhood memories.
Luckily, it was a bright sunny day and with the help of Kev’s nephew, Cameron, we managed to have some beautiful shots taken. I had never been involved in a beach shoot before, so it was interesting to see how it went. I honestly didn’t know what to wear either, (typical!) so I kept wrapped up in my coat and boots for most of the morning; but I am delighted with the final images. It was also lovely to see our reigning Mr England, Chris again. Chris has attended some of our regional heats and he even awarded me the title of Miss Charity Lancashire at the Miss Lancashire Finals in October last year.
All in all it was a busy yet exciting day! It was such a pleasure to have such a wonderful Sunday, spent with lots of close friends.
Your Miss Lancashire, Lucy xxx