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Ten girls topped the charts in the area finals of the 1965 Miss Reed News Competition. There’s a” Colleen, a Scottish lass, a beauty from Burma, and a bevy of English roses, from all corners of the Reed empire in the British Isles. All these girls will be getting a £10 dress allowance and a trip to London, with escorts, at Reed News’s expense, to stay in a luxury West End hotel for the judging of the final in September. The judging will be by a panel which will include Dennis Hackett, Editor of the new woman’s magazine Nova, and Shirley Flack, woman’s editor of Woman’s Mirror, who helped select these ten girls from some 250 photographs. Their job will be to pick the girl – one of the ten – who will be the first ever Miss Reed News?. With the title goes a first prize of an all-expenses paid long weekend in Paris for two in the autumn. The second prize is £25 for an autumn wardrobe. Third is a record-player.

Here are the girls from the Aylesford site

contestants from Aylesford


NAME: Gillian Marshall
AGE: 19
JOB: Clerk / typist Aylesford Paper Mills. Joined A.P.M. August 1961.
LIKES: Painting, dancing, fast cars, music. This is her first beauty competition.

NAME: Janice Champion (Mrs.)
AGE: 28
JOB: Secretary to Sales Director, Key Engineering. Joined Reed in London eight years ago.
LIKES: Good fiction, tennis, light music. Came second ‘in “Miss Maidstone” competition nine years ago.


Source: Reed News July 1965

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