Miss Great Britain

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Indian film actress Preeti Desai won the Miss Great Britain title in 2006.

Miss Great Britain is a female beauty pageant. It is the oldest pageant in the UK, established in 1945.

Following World War Two, a number of seaside resorts around the country introduced beauty contests as attractions. The contest began in the Summer of 1945 under the name “Bathing Beauty Queen”, organised by the Morecambe Local Council in partnership with the ‘Sunday Dispatch’ newspaper. Morecambe went on to become the home of Miss Great Britain between 1956 and 1989.

The first ever Miss Great Britain final was watched by 4,300 people in a continuous downpour. The winner received a cup and according to the local newspaper ‘a paltry prize’ of seven guineas as well as a swimsuit. Prize money increased to £100 the following year, £500 the next and reached £1000 in the fifties due to its popularity. The contest continued to offer the largest prize fund of any competition run by a municipal authority.

The sixties saw the beginning of the decline in British seaside holidays with families increasingly able to afford trips abroad. A new competition format was needed and was realised with the introduction of television to Miss Great Britain in 1971. By 1978, the prize fund had increased to £10,000 thanks to the competition’s sponsors, and the popularity of the competition was again on the rise.

The contests were aimed at a family audience – men could enjoy watching pretty girls, women could have fun backing their favourites and young girls could aspire to be a bathing beauty when they grew up. For the girls who entered, there was the lure of cash prizes, and potential fame and fortune.

The Miss Great Pageant is owned by The Singhs. Miss Great Britain 2013 was organised by the new national director Kate Solomons, director of Leicester-based model & event agency ModelZed Promotions Ltd. Kate became the national director in November 2012 & has worked within the model industry for 10 years. One of Kate's first duties in her new role was to change the rules of the contest to allow both married women and mothers to enter the contest; this ruling had been revised in 2010 but had reverted under previous management. These rules currently stand for the 2014 contest. Miss Great Britain winner will go on to represent Great Britain as its Tourism Ambassador in Miss Tourism World.

2006 event[edit]

The 2006 title holder was Preeti Desai who hailed from Cleveland. Desai made history when she became the first ever winner of Indian ethnicity when she replaced the dethroned Danielle Lloyd. Lloyd had lost the crown after stirring up scandals for posing nude for Playboy magazine and dating one of the judges during her participation in the pageant.[1] Danielle Lloyd has been re-instated into the Wall of Fame/ Previous winners as of 11 January 2010.

Title holders[edit]

2015 Zara Holland (stripped) Deone Robertson
2014 Shelby Tribble
2013 Ashley Powell
2012 Charlotte Perkins
2010 Amy Carrier[2]
2009 Sophie Gradon
2007 Rachael Tennent (resigned) Gemma Garrett
2006 Danielle Lloyd (stripped) Preeti Desai
2005 No Contest
2004 Emma Spellar
2003 Nicki Lane
2002 Yana Booth
2001 Michelle Evans
2000 Michelle Walker
1999 Cherie Pisani
1998 Leilani Dowding
1997 Liz Fuller
1996 Anita St Rose
1994 Sarah Southwick
1993 - 1990 No contest
1989 Amanda Dyson
1988 Gillian Bell
1987 Linzi Butler
1986 Lesley Ann Musgrave
1985 Jill Saxby
1984 Debbie Greenwood
1983 Rose McGrory
1982 Tracy Dodds (resigned) Viviennne Farnen (replacement)
1981 Michelle Hobson
1980 Sue Berger
1979 No contest
1978 Patricia Morgan
1977 Susan Hempel
1976 Dinah May
1975 Susan Cuff
1974 Marilyn Ward
1973 Gay Spink
1972 Elizabeth Robinson
1971 Carolyn Moore
1970 Kathleen Winstanley
1969 Wendy Anne George
1968 Yvonne Ormes
1967 Jennifer Gurley
1966 Carole Fletcher
1965 Diane Hickinbotham
1964 Carole Redhead
1963 Gillian Taylor
1962 Joy Black
1961 Libby Walker
1960 Eileen Sheridan
1959 Valerie Martin
1958 Christine Mayo
1957 Leila Williams
1956 Iris Waller
1955 Jennifer Chimes
1954 Patricia Butler
1953 Brenda Mee
1952 Dorothy Dawn
1951 Marlene Dee
1950 Violet Pretty
1949 Elaine Pryce
1948 Pamela Bayliss
1947 June Mitchell
1946 June Rivers
1945 Lydia Read

Archives[edit]

Archives of Miss Great Britain are held at The Women's Library at the Library of the London School of Economics, ref 5MGB

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Playboy pictures". toxicmagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Amy Carrier Crowned Miss Great Britain 2010". 

www.missgreatbritain.co.uk

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