The organiser of Miss Scarborough has vowed not to let louts put an end to the competition, after a fight marred the final of this year’s event.
Supporters of one of the losing contestants attacked a doorman with punches, kicks and handbags. Police were called and letters from Pubwatch have been issued to some of the culprits, threatening them with a bar ban if they are involved in any future incidents.
Eyewitnesses said supporters of one of the contestants attacked a security with punches, kicks and handbags, after their girl was eliminated.
The glamorous finalists and other guests at the Scarborough Fair Collection in Lebberston watched on in disbelief.
The audience included, including pensioners and children as young as five. One pensioners was knocked to the ground in the melee.
This year’s winner of Miss Scarborough and District was judged to be Filey teenager Jess Gale who will now represent the area in the final of Miss England in Torquay on June 14-16.
But her joy and the awards for runner-up and third place were marred by supporters of two contestants. As Jess was crowned, one table chanted of “Fix! Fix” and changed the atmosphere of the celebration. They shouted the name of the contestant they wanted , and another table shouted the name of its entrant.
Organiser Diane Yalezo said she cried for days since. “Their behaviour was disgusting,” said Mrs Yalezo.
“Jess should have been able to walk onto that stage and have that one moment but it was ruined by one family.”
Security then intervened, asking them to calm down. But they were greeted with a tirade of X-rated abuse before the two doormen were attacked. Police were called.
At a meeting on Monday afternoon, Pubwatch agreed to discipline Jess and Billy Coyne, along with Ben Howram and Luke Burton, as some of the culprits. Pubwatch boss Tony Snow said the case will be passed over to Filey’s Pubwatch, who may agree to bar them all for misbehaviour.
Mr Snow, who owns Mist in Scarborough, said: “We’ve notified Filey Pubwatch and to see if they want to make a decision on it. Our letter says that if you do make any more trouble, then you won’t be welcome in any Scarborough venues.”
After considering cancelling the event, Mrs Yalezo has now been persuaded to run the event again next year, although there is going to be a booze ban.
She said she wants to make it a “family event,” holding it at an upmarket hotel on a Sunday afternoon with cream teas.
One of the people who helped her make that decision was Miss England organiser Angie Beasley, a former Miss Scarborough. She said that in her 26 years of organising pageants, had never once heard of a fight. “This is not what these competitions are about,” she said.
“Emotions run high at these events, and you are bound to want your girl to win, but some people don’t care what people think. It’s a great shame that it was ruined.”
“The whole thing sounded like ‘Carry On Beauty Pageant’. Diane does a wonderful job.”
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called at around 11.45pm on Saturday 12 April to the Flower of May holiday park following reports of a disturbance. When officers the situation had calmed down. Police have not received any complaints and no one has been arrested.”
The Scarborough News contacted some of those involved in the fight prior to going to print, but nobody replied in time.
However, defending both herself and her brother, Jess Coyne claimed that her party were “provoked” by doorman as soon as they entered the venue.
“As soon as we got in the venue, the doorman were looking at us and we were targeted,” she said.
“They picked on us all night, and the bouncers were heavy handed.
“Everybody was singing and chanting, but for whatever reason, they asked us to leave.
“We were chanting for Shannon (Collins), but once the contestants went down from eight to six and she was out, why would we boo? It doesn’t make any sense.
“My brother even went to school with Jess Gale, so what reason would he have to boo her?!”
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