MISS JERSEY BATTLE OF FLOWERS 2017
18-year old EVIE BERTRAM is Miss Jersey Battle of Flowers 2017. The Beaulieu School student, who is currently Head Girl lives in the Parish of St Lawrence was one of 17 contestants hoping to become the 55th holder of the title.
Runner-up in the competition was 18-year old Rowan Chateau who, as Miss Battle’s runner-up Consort will accompany her at both the Day and Moonlight Parades on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August.
Completing the trio is Catherine Richford who was crowned Miss Junior Battle 2017. The 9-year old who lives in the Parish of St Saviour and is a pupil at St Martin’s Primary School was one of eight young girls competing for the title and succeeded her sister Lucy-Anne who was the 2016 title holder.
Just before this year’s title-holder was crowned, the audience heard from the outgoing Miss Battle of Flowers 2016, Aimee Le Brun who shared some of the highlights of her amazing year and reminded her successor to make the most of every opportunity that comes her way as Miss Battle.
The evening concluded with the announcement that this year the Battle had “gone local” and Jersey born actor and dancer, Jonny Labey is Mr Battle 2017. The 24-year former Eastenders actor and winner of the ITV1 show Dance Dance Dance is no stranger to Battle, having been involved in the Parish of Grouville entry for many years and is passionate about this community event.
Commenting after the show, Events Director for Jersey Battle of Flowers, Jackie Donald, says, “I have been involved in the competition for a number of years and can honestly say that this year’s entrants were exceptional. Each and every girl, from the youngsters to the main competition entrants all showed the attributes to be the winner, displaying enthusiasm, maturity and passion not only for their role at Battle but equally as Island Ambassadors. Congratulations to our winners but thank you and well done for everyone who took part this year”.
The judging panel for the Junior Competition were Team GB Archer and former Miss Battle of Flowers 2009, Lucy O’Sullivan, local charity campaigner Kevin Pamplin, Jim Hollywood, Honorary Chairman of Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, which is this year’s Battle designated charity along with Battle stalwart Mark Labey. Compere for the Miss Jersey Battle of Flowers competition was Heidi Whitehead and the junior competition was hosted by Kevin Pamplin.
Entertainment was kindly provided by dancers from Dance Lab, choreographed by Jarn-Marie Couley.
Miss Battle of Flowers 2017 competitors (in order of appearance):
Shannon Webber, Christianna Knight, Summer Jones, Francesca Buckle, Elise Wetherall, Charlotte Volante, Zoe Marshall, Evangeline Bertram, Laura Price, Rowan Chateau, Arcadia Lockhart, Kelly Pontes, Sofia De Sousa, Lucie Hosking, Lily Egre, Jessica Smyrk and Delphinie Bernadette McCarthy.
Miss Junior competitors (in order of appearance):
Abigail Ellis, Ruby Butler, Lacey Le Boutiller, Olivia Louise Alves, Miya Hansford, Catherine Richfold, Chelsea Marie Birch and Mia Harper