FROM Connie Trotman to Juliette Crosby, Gloucester has a proud tradition of beauty queens.
Connie was effectively crowned the city's first Miss Gloucester in 1936 when she was carnival queen, and Juliette was made Miss Gloucester in October last year.
Despite a moral backlash in some quarters against beauty pageants, they have launched careers including a starring role in The Archers for 1958 winner Carol Davies.
Juliette’s got her sights set on a career in events management but for her the title has meant a lot more.
“It’s nothing like what I was expecting,” said Juliette, 24. “I did not think they did so much. It’s been an amazing experience. I have met some fantastic people too.
“I have always been quite confident but it’s really made me have more confidence in myself and I would say to anyone that if you want to do something, just do it.”
Carol, a former pupil of the High School in Denmark Road, lived at Maidenhall in Highnam and became the first Jennifer Archer in the BBC's long running radio soap.
In 1962 she appeared in the television series Emergency Ward 10, and won the first Miss Gloucester competition in 1958 - part of her prize was a visit to the Elstree television studios where she’d later been auditioned for the TV show role.
Connie Trotman was first the Gloucester Carnival Queen in 1936, a role recognised in the city as the forerunner to Miss Gloucester - successive holders of that title were a key part of the carnival parade.
Carole’s first engagement was to welcome the Tony Hancock to Regal Theatre in King’s Square. In a final against 11 other women, she pocketed £15.15s (£15.75p).
Iona Robins, 1961 Miss Gloucester, is now 76 and remembers those days fondly.
“It was just a lot of fun,” she said. “The high point in the city was the carnival but the trip to Elstree studios, where I met Cliff Richard was great.”