Bri­dal pageant re­turns to the stage

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Since 1969, the an­nual Bride of the Year pageant has been the pride and joy of Som­er­set Kinder­garten.

Som­er­set’s head teacher Jill Brider (yes, re­ally!) says en­tries are open for this year’s glam Re­gent on Broad­way soiree that gives brides who were hitched be­tween Novem­ber 1, 2014, and July 31, 2016 an­other op­por­tu­nity to wear their wed­ding fin­ery and re­live that day. Re­spond­ing to feed­back from pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tions, the or­gan­is­ers have sig­nif­i­cantly widened the period of el­i­gi­bil­ity, while it’s open to all brides who were mar­ried here, or who have since moved here.

‘‘Not only are there great prizes, but it be­comes a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for those who take part,’’ Jill says.

The first prize pack con­tains prod­ucts val­ued at over $1000.

Som­er­set’s bri­dal pageant has been around so long, there are now in­ter­gen­er­a­tional con­nec­tions.

‘‘I have friends who re­mem­ber being in it. The mum of one of our or­gan­is­ers was in it back in the 70s. The nephew of Court­ney Dya­son, last year’s win­ner, at­tends Som­er­set Kinder­garten. His great aun­tie was on the orig­i­nal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee in 1969.’’

It’s an event the whole Som­er­set Kinder­garten community con­trib­utes to.

With spa­ces for 45 en­trants, en­tries close on July 31. The $40 en­try fee cov­ers hair and makeup for the evening. To re­ceive an en­try pack, email Som­er­set@ ru­ahinekinder­gartens.org.nz or visit the Som­er­set Kinder­garten Bride of the Year Facebook page.

PHOTO: GRANT MATTHEW / FAIR­FAX NZ

Som­er­set Kinder­garten Bride of the Year 2015 Court­ney Dya­son flanked by run­ner up Me­gan Wil­liams, (left) and third place-get­ter Cara Hes­selin, (right)

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