Sheffield Celeb Christine Owen
On my induction visit to Newfield High School for Girls in 1966, I was shown around the school, including the assembly hall, where two or three fifth year girls were performing dance rehersals on stage. One of the girls was Christine Owen, a tall, pretty dark-haired girl who danced with such grace and carried herself with elegant deportment.
Christine became a celebrity, winning beauty competitions at Skegness Butlins, runner up in the Miss Reveille Competition, and later going on to become a hostess in Nicolas Parsons’ Sale of the Century game show in 1978.
Article about Sheffield Beauty Queen, Christine Owen, which appeared in a 1970/71 Skegness local newspaper:
Christine Owen Telegram the KO for beauty heat winner!
MINUTES after winning the Holiday Princess contest at Butlins Holiday Camp, Skegness, on Sunday, 19-year-old Christine Owen received a telegram which led to her disqualification and lost her the chance to win £1,000 and a new car.
Christine of 206, Heeley Bank Road, Sheffield, who is engaged to Sheffield Wednesday footballer Brian Joycey, arrived at Butlins for a week’s holday on Saturday.
A former Miss Great Britain who was runner up in last year’s National Miss Reveille Competition, Christine was a popular winner of the holiday Princess competition which is designed to attract the average young holiday maker.
The 36-25-36 beauty from Sheffeld was a popular winner of the Skegness heat at the Princess Ballroom.
Then came the telegram. It told her she had to catch the 10.10 flight from London Airport that evenng and change planes at Versailles for BarceIlona where she was to appear in the Miss Europe contest.
She packed quickly and left not realising that it would mean her disqualification at Butlins. For she had failed to read the small print of her entry form which specified that she must be resident at the camp for at least three days.
The jet-set beauty from Sheffield hadn’t a leg to stand on.
Her place has been taken by the runner-up 27-year-old Mrs Linda Little, of 15 Beris Road Fairfield, Stockton, whose statistics are 36-24-36. A telephonist/receptionist, she is staying in Skegness for the week.