Jess is the new Miss Scarborough

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The new Miss Scarborough and District for 2014 is 18-year-old Jess Gale, from Filey.

She was crowned in a close competition involving 12 contestants at the Flower of May holiday park in Lebberston last night (Saturday).

Jess Gale

Jess Gale

Organiser and judge Diane Yalezo said all the girls were beautiful and that it was a fantastic night.

She added: “It’s awful when you’ve got to find a winner, because I think they should all win.”

Police were called at the end of the evening after a fight broke out, apparently, after security staff told supporters of another contestant to stop booing.

Tension had built throughout the evening as Judges faced tough decisions in narrowing down the contestants, first to eight, then to six – at which point an element of the audience started barracking.

Mrs Yalezo took to the microphone and said: “I hope we don’t have any poor losers because it’s been a lovely night.”

Meanwhile, the contestants had all raised money for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

They competed in sections which included little black dress, evening wear and the Miss Eco section in which they each modelled a dress they’d made themselves out of eco-friendly material.

Winner Jess, who has a part-time job at Miss Selfridge and also works on her family’s fairground business on Bridlington sea front, will now go through to the Miss England competition, the winner of which will go through to Miss World.

She said: “I’m so excited. I’m overwhelmed. It’s Miss England next and I’m just going to give it my best shot for Scarborough.”

Runner-up was Samia Galab, from Scarborough, who hopes to be a professional actress and has already tasted the limelight with an appearance on ITV’s Take Me Out around three years ago, when she won a trip to the Isle of Fernando. She now holds the title of Miss North Yorkshire and will go through to the semi final of Miss England 2014.

Police arrived at just before midnight following the fight which broke out near tables in the main seating area. Audience members, including the elderly, rushed to get out of the way while other bystanders tried to break it up.

One onlooker said: “It spoils it for the girls and for the winner.” Another said: “Some people don’t know when to stop.”

The line-up was said to be the toughest in the history of the annual competition, which is open to anyone living within 60 miles of Scarborough.

Entertainment was provided by Rowlies Academy of Dance.