We don’t tend to see “beauty contests” these days, but people will certainly remember they were all the rage back in the day.
In March 1967, the Hamilton and Blantyre branches of the SNP held annual beauty contests, in a hope of also attracting more members to their party.
The Hamilton Competition
Ex world flyweight champion, Walter McGowan attended the Hamilton contest and as judge chose Blantyre girl, Lillian Smith of Wheatland Avenue as winner. Second place went to 19 year old clerk Moria Dunsmore of Devondale Avenue. The girls went forward to a National final at Bannockburn.
Now, beauty Moria Dunsmore had even more to celebrate around that time, having got married to William Clarke of Hamilton. The couple married in David Livingstone Church, as pictured.
The Blantyre Competition
The Blantyre branch of SNP held a similar competition in March 1967 with TV personality Cliff Hanley attending. SNP candidate Winnie Ewing also attended. Local doctors judged the competition.
The winner was Anne MacFadyen (21) of Berkley Drive, Blantyre. Anne , also a member of the party worked as a machine assistant in Phillips Factory, Hamilton. Reporters added that Anne was one of a set of twins, one of 7 children in the family. She won £5 and a place going forward in the finals.
In second place was Betty MacFarlane (20) of Uddingston and in 3rd place, Muriel Stewart (18) of Glasgow Road.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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