22nd Nov, 2017

Redditch's Rachael Baker scoops coveted Miss Worcestershire title

Redditch Editorial 13th Nov, 2017 Updated: 15th Nov, 2017

REDDITCH beauty Rachael Baker was crowned the new Miss Worcestershire on Sunday after a tense night of competition at Bromsgrove’s Holiday Inn.

The glitzy final featured 12 contestants from across the county who took part in a number of rounds, including Eco Dress, Sportswear, Fashion, Pandora’s Prom Dress and the ‘final question’.

Runner-up was Sophie Blundell and Bromsgrove’s Amy Jones finished third.

As well as winning the main Miss Worcestershire title, Rachael also took the Miss Social Media, Miss Intellect and Miss Pandora’s Prom titles and will contest the Miss England final next summer.

Sophie will go through to the Miss England semi-final as Miss Wyre Forest.

Other winners included Chloe Gwinn, aged 19, from Worcester, who won Miss Charity after raising almost £380 for good causes, Miss Congeniality (voted for by the contestants) went to Shannon Palmer and Miss Eco-Worcestershire and Miss Sportswoman which both went to Isobel Lines from Wednesbury, but who works in Worcestershire.

Amy Jones won Miss Publicity, Jasmine Gordon took Miss Popularity and Millie Kempton from Evesham won Miss Modelesque.

The age limit for Miss Worcestershire is 26 and this would have been Rachael’s last chance to win.

She said: “I knew because it was my final one I had to win so I gave it my all.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the judges who have made my dreams come true.”

On the judging panel were Miss United Kingdom 1996 Rachel Butler, last year’s Miss Worcestershire Laura Beth Morgan, Pandora’s Prom owner Rebecca Baddeley, Mr Charity England 2016 Joshua Williams, the owner of the Outline Clinic in Droitwich Mary White and Bromsgrove and Droitwich Standard editor Tristan Harris.

The evening was hosted by Rachel Barker, aged 28, the regional director of Miss England West Midlands, and former Mr Leicestershire Linford Martin.

Rachel said it was a wonderful evening.

“I’m so proud of how hard Rachael Baker has worked from the offset, and it showed in the three awards she achieved on the finals evening.”

She added it was the first time since she took up her role in 2014 that any contestant had won three awards in Worcestershire and the West Midlands competitions.

“Each one of the ladies has excelled themselves and each and every one of them should be so proud of how incredible they were on the evening.

“I am looking forward to seeing all the hard work Rachael will achieve across the county and I wish her every success in the next coming year.”

It was an emotional night for Bromsgrove’s Laura Beth Morgan who had been Miss Worcestershire for the past 22 months and raised an amazing £10,000 for good causes, including the Miss England charity Beauty With a Purpose, the Primrose Hospice and Bromsgrove’s Basement Project.

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