Glamorous catwalking combined with glorious fundraising to create a memorable night in Kirkby that showcased local talent and boosted a hospital charity.
The Miss Sensational Beauty pageant attracted an audience of more than 100 people to The Summit Centre and, thanks to the support of businesses in the Ashfield and Mansfield area, it raised £821.
More than 30 local girls entered the pageant, and the success of the night has persuaded the organiser, Alex Ross, to stage more in the future.
“It was wonderful that so many local businesses were supportive and helped me out for the event,” said Alex, a beauty queen who comes from Kirkby herself.
“Not only did we raise money for charity, we also pulled together as a community. The girls who entered the pageant absolutely loved it. Although the event was completely out of their comfort zone, it really helped to boost their confidence. It proved that Kirkby has got talent!”
Miss Sensational Beauty was sponsored by Trev, or DJ Tee, of TC Disco, who provided the music and lights in a professional show that brought the pageant to life. Strawberry Fayre, of Ravenshead, donated the beautiful flowers for the winners and centrepieces for all the tables, while Lisa Goodacre Quincey, of the Ruby Red Nails and Beauty salon in Mansfield, transformed the contestants’ hair, which looked stunning.
Phoebe Little and Gabrielle Bar worked wonders with the girls’ make-up, while Kat’s Kitchen, of Mansfield, provided tasty nibbles for the audience and Katwalk Kouture, the women’s and children’s fashion store, of Annesley, donated stylish dresses for the winners.
Kat Lichaj, of Katwalk Kouture, and her Nottingham Forest footballer husband, Eric, were among the judges, along with Mansfield-based lifestyle coach Mark Dowthwaite and also Carol Hallam, a member of Ashfield District Council’s community wellbeing team.
The money raised will go to The Christie Charity, which generates funds and provides services over and above what the NHS can finance.
The winners of the pageant’s categories were: Dawn Jowett, Layla Allsop, Jasmine Allsop, Amelia Roberts, Masika Eves and Kelly Hickinbotham.