CHASE King will always be the prettiest girl in town in the eyes of her beloved granddad.
She may not have triumphed at the Miss Cheltenham contest on Sunday evening but the 18-year-old from Tredworth had a great time trying, inspired by her battling relative Gerard Wickens who is in a fight with bowel cancer.
Chase, a former Linden Primary and Severn Vale school pupil joined the other 11 hopefuls on stage in the annual contest with extra special reason.
“Me and my granddad are really close, he’s a real inspiration for me and I wanted to do it for him,” said Chase.
“I’ve been raising money for charities and everything I wore on the night was bought from Cancer Research shops.
“He’s brilliant, he was cheering me on with my uncle and his friend.”
It was Chase’s first beauty contest and, while she wasn’t placed in the top three, she’s got a taste for it now.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I thought I would go for it. It was really good fun, I enjoyed it.
“I’m planning to try Miss Gloucester next year too.”
The competition was won by Sophie Smith, who by day is a building surveyor at Stroud District Council.
She has been fast-tracked to the finals of the Miss England competition after being crowned on Sunday evening.
Sophie, 23, said she dedicated her win to inspiring more women to take an interest in the construction industry.
“I feel absolutely amazing. I am on the top of the world,” said Sophie.
“I first got involved when modelling for Cheltenham Fashion Week – it has always been something I have wanted to do.
“I feel at 23, I finally had enough life experience to do it, and I have tried my absolute best.
“I work in building conservation and construction, so I don’t always look glamorous at work.
“This was my chance to look glamorous.”