Beauty pageant excitement builds

Jasmine and Georgia Cooper (front middle) are joined by pupils and staff in Michelle Morley tribute T-shirts ahead of a cross-dress beauty pageant at West Craven High School raising money for Pendleside Hospice. (S)
Jasmine and Georgia Cooper (front middle) are joined by pupils and staff in Michelle Morley tribute T-shirts ahead of a cross-dress beauty pageant at West Craven High School raising money for Pendleside Hospice. (S)

Excitement is building ahead of a charity beauty pageant with a difference as two West Craven girls put the finishing touches to plans.

Friends Jasmine Cooper and Megan Holden (both 15) have organised the beauty pageant at West Craven High School which will see the boys dress as women for the evening.

Jasmine and sister Georgia lost their mum Michelle Morley, landlady of the Punch Bowl in Earby, to cancer in January and wanted to repay Pendleside Hospice for the care they provided.

While the girls have been busy selling tickets and organising outfits the boys have been hard at work perfecting their poses ahead of their moment in the spotlight.

The extravaganza will see a hairdresser and make-up artist coming in to make sure the boys are looking at their cross-dressed best and judging will be done by three female teachers with marks issued on enthusiasm for the role.

Jasmine said: “We’ve got 43 confirmed with boys from Years 7 right through to 11.

“The response has been really good actually because if they all raise £10 it’s still a lot of money. I think mum would be really proud.

“We’ve sold 70 tickets so far and they will be available to buy on the door on the night.

“We went and got all the clothes yesterday. It’s going to be a really funny night. We are running a dress rehearsal on Friday and seeing the boys dress up is going to be hilarious.

“Some of the outfits are hideous. We got a bright blue fluffy one and it’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. It’s not been decided who will be wearing that.”

The beauty pageant will take place on Friday, May 8th in the Main Hall at West Craven High School.

The event starts at 7pm and doors open at 6-30pm. With the help of the PTA, refreshments will be available. Tickets are available for £2 from the school office on 812292.