Bideford beauty queen misses out on GB title

Local girl makes final of historic pageant

A BIDEFORD beauty queen hopeful has missed out on the Miss Great Britain title at the final hurdle.

Zoiey-Marie Smale, 21, was one of 57 regional finalists battling it out before judges in Saturday night’s prestigious final at Weston-super-Mare’s brand new Grand Pier.

The current Miss Devonshire was beaten to the top honour by 20-year-old law student Amy Carrier, from Liverpool.

Miss Central London, Lisa Lazarus, 23, was first runner-up, while Miss Birmingham City, Gina Basham, 22, took the title of second runner-up.

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The ceremony – which dates back to 1945 and returned to Weston’s newly-opened pier for the first time in 50 years – was attended by dozens of former champions.

Contestants modelled Union Jack-themed dresses they made themselves, before donning swimsuits and evening gowns for the later rounds.

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Organiser Liz Fuller said the modern competition was now more about personality, character and talent.

“We want Miss Great Britain or any pageant to be the platform for the girls to achieve whatever their career opportunities or aspirations are, she said.

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