Seven entrants for senior contest

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A bit of arm-twisting and a lot of community spirit has led to the successful staging of Alexandra’s Senior Blossom Queen event again this year.
Last year the event was almost cancelled because of a lack of entries and it was only held when last-minute entries arrived.
This year there had been fears there might be insufficient entries again, but seven women had ended up entering and the event would go ahead in good heart, organisers said.
The seven women, who have each been nominated by a community group, said they had ‘‘pretty much’’ been talked into entering, with a ‘‘good amount’’ of arm-twisting.
But they had also wanted to see the event survive, and entered to foster the community spirit of the Alexandra Blossom Festival.
They said they were pleased they had allowed the event to be held for another year.
This year is the 21st year of the Senior Blossom Queen; it was started by the late Pam Love.
One of the organisers of the event, Barbara Grubb, encouraged members of the public to attend the ‘‘fun, friendly’’ Senior Blossom Queen event to support the entrants and all the work they had done in the community.
‘‘These ladies have done a lot for the community, that’s why they’ve been nominated by these groups.’’
The Senior Blossom Queen event will feature entertainment, comprising a fashion parade and singing performances, and the crowning of the 2016 Senior Blossom Queen. The $15 ticket includes afternoon tea. – The Senior Blossom Queen event will be held on September 19 at 2pm at the Alexandra District Club, doors open at 1.30pm.