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There’s a new Junior Miss Preston been crowned

Posted on - 20th April, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Events, News, People, Preston City Centre
Jessica Jackson is the new Junior Miss Preston
Jessica Jackson is the new Junior Miss Preston Pic: Third Avenue Photography

A 16-year-old from the outskirts of Preston has won this year’s beauty queen competition to be the new Junior Miss Preston.

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Jessica Jackson, from Ulnes Walton, took the main award during the event at the Preston Playhouse.

She takes over the crown from Elli Westwood – the 2016 queen.

Miss Jackson won over the judges with her anti-bullying campaigner to inspire teenagers.

Elli Westwood handed over the Junior Miss Preston crown
Elli Westwood handed over the Junior Miss Preston crown Pic: Third Avenue Photography

She came in first ahead of runner-up Jessica Beer, 16, from Banks and Michaela Luchian, 15, from Preston.

Read more: The Miss Preston for 2017 has been decided

Seventeen teenagers competed in the event which celebrate their fundraising and community achievements.

Jessica and some of the other finalists
Jessica and some of the other finalists Pic: Third Avenue Photography

A number of other awards were given out with Shannon Murphy, 13, of Preston, taking home the charity award for raising £1,881 in eight weeks.

Olivia Dixon, 14, of Clayton-le-Woods, won the eco fashion award for an outfit inspired by saving marine life.

Regional Miss England organiser for the North West Mark Jones said: “I continue to be astounded by the tenacity and effort of the Junior Miss Preston Finalists.

“From helping out in their communities to incredible fundraising efforts and accomplished public speaking, Preston should be proud of the young women coming from the area at a time where teenagers can be talked about less than favourably.

“These passionate and committed young women deserve recognition and have shown maturity beyond their years.”

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