Fond farewell as Miss PE comes of age

Gillian McAinsh

THE Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth competition ended its successful 21-year run on a high note at a cocktail function held on Friday night to mark its 21st anniversary.

Speaking at Villa Tuscana in Summerstrand, The Herald editor Heather Robertson said the newspaper would be exploring other possible formats for a competition which would look to both young men and women as ambassadors of the Bay.

“We have come to the decision that Miss PE has run its course and The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth 2011, the lovely Nandipha Mnuna, will thus be the final winner to bear this title,” she said.

However, Robertson said, the competition, event and ambassadorial role might still develop in new directions “inclusive of both young men and women”.

She said the promotion had been one of the most glamorous events on the metro’s calendar ever since it replaced the Evening Post’s Spring Queen pageant in 1991. Blonde beauty Cheryl Kennard took the title.

Apart from their charity work across dozens of beneficiaries in the city, the title-holders also visited schools, non-governmental organisations, old age homes and others “to spread a little light”.

“They also appeared at numerous functions on behalf of their generous sponsors, always adding a touch of glamour, and were at the ready whenever The Herald news desk called for a photograph,” Robertson said.

Mnuna gave a heartfelt address on her year to date, listing a few of her highlights, including a trip to Bali from Uniglobe Bay Travel and the use of a Mini Cooper from Continental Cars.

The glossy gathering saw tears and laughter flow as reminiscences were shared by those present.

Robertson said that although The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth would not continue as a beauty pageant, “we welcome the involvement of our sponsors and event partners to walk with us into a new era”.

  • Where are they now? See La Femme on Wednesday for what former winners are up to today.

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