Charity beauty pageant a grand affair

Beauty pageant winner Lewis Wilson (left) with Gary Curson (right), the only member of staff brave enough to dress up as a woman for the event. (S)
Beauty pageant winner Lewis Wilson (left) with Gary Curson (right), the only member of staff brave enough to dress up as a woman for the event. (S)
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West Craven High School boys donned dazzling dresses and displayed feminine flair last Friday night raising an estimated £1,000 for charity.

The Kelbrook Road school hosted a charity beauty pageant where the boys dressed up as women for the evening raising funds for Pendleside Hospice.

All the West Craven High School boys who took part in the charity beauty pageant with a difference, organised by Jasmine Cooper (right) and Megan Holden (left). (S)

All the West Craven High School boys who took part in the charity beauty pageant with a difference, organised by Jasmine Cooper (right) and Megan Holden (left). (S)

There was pouting aplenty at the glitzy gala where elegant enthusiasm and sexy swagger was rewarded equally by a panel of judges.

A sell out audience of 200 spent most of the hour long show in fits of side-splitting laughter as a total of £780 was collected on the night.

Tony Collins from The Green Street Club in Barnoldswick has made a £100 donation from the “bonus ball” while sponsor money from the fashion show contestants could take the final figure to beyond £1,000.

First prize went to Year 11 student Lewis Wilson, second was handed to Year 9’s Teal Amos and Year 7’s Daniel Edwards completed the pageant podium in third place.

Jasmine said: “I would like to thank everyone for coming and supporting the show, I am overwhelmed by the amount we have raised for such a worthy cause. I hope it makes a big difference to Pendleside Hospice.”

Teacher and judge, Gail Hargreaves said: “Again, I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment of our students and my fellow colleagues.

“Huge congratulations to Jasmine and Megan. Their determination to make this a truly memorable event has paid off beyond all expectations.

“To have sold all 200 tickets before the event is unheard of. I haven’t laughed that much since I don’t know when. The boys were amazing. I think we should make it an annual event.”

Headteacher Craig Baker said: “The performances by the boys made the packed hall roar with laughter.

“Well done to all who took part, from the PTA, the staff and students, to Jasmine and Megan who organised the event.

“It was a real team effort, which has raised at least £800 for Pendleside Hospice so far, and we are still counting.”