Beauties are all smiles at pageant

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IN THE 1960s and 1970s, beauty pageants enjoyed their heyday. Miss United Kingdom and Miss World were essential family viewing before they became to be regarded as ‘politically incorrect’.

But it wasn’t only on the television that such contests were popular.

They were also very commonly held as community events, as this picture of the Miss BBA competition shows.

The winner in 1971 was Angela Jane Scott (centre front) who was a publicity assistant at Mintex Ltd — part of the BBA group of companies in Spen.

The competition was held at the Mecca Locarno in Bradford, and Ms Scott won a weekend for two in London - or £15, which would barely enough to cover a day return to Manchester these days.

Second place went to Wendy Rickett (front left) and in third was Joyce Phillip (front right).

Other finalists pictured were Janet Firth, Janet Dodgson, June Fitch, Barbara Dyson and Sylvia Dransfield.