MISS Scarborough, Leanne Wilford, missed out on the crown for Miss England – but is pleased that she beat more than 10,000 other girls to get to the final.
The 18-year-old impressed judges at the Miss Scarborough and District competition held at Scarborough Spa in May, where she was crowned winner, gaining automatic entry into the national final.
Although making it through to the top five Miss Surgicare contestants, Miss Wilford, of Malton, was pipped to the post by close rival Miss York.
From more than 60 girls, Norton’s Anastasia Smith went on to represent York in the final 15, but missed out on the crown which went to Miss Everymodel Alize Lily Mounter at the grand final in Birmingham.
Miss Wilford may have been outdone by tough competition in the Eco round and Miss Modelesque round, but she said: “The competition was that good I didn’t expect to get into the final 15. I’m just pleased to say I’ve beaten over 10,000 other girls to get through the heats and had the chance of being in the final.
“I wasn’t nervous like I was at Miss Scarborough, I just wanted to do my best and my parents and everyone are really proud of me. The Eco round went really well, I didn’t get into the final 12, but just to be able to be in it and show my dress off was good fun.
“Everyone has been so friendly, doing the rehearsals has been good and it’s definitely boosted my confidence.
“The chance to be in the final, meeting the judges, past Miss World’s and last year’s Miss England - it’s been an amazing experience.”
Diane Yalezo, organiser of the regional competition added: “Leanne did Scarborough and district proud, she looked so beautiful. She totally enjoyed herself, it wasn’t just about winning.
“The competition was fierce; there were 60 plus beautiful girls from all over the country. She needs to be congratulated on the way she did.”