‘Princess’ Keira is a stage star

Beauty pageant joy

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

A school­girl from The Mur­ray has told how she felt “like a princess” when she took to the stage to com­pete for the Ju­nior Miss Scot­land ti­tle.

Eight-year-old Keira Con­nolly, who is a pupil at Heath­ery Knowe Pri­mary, won through to the fi­nals in Glas­gow.

In what was her first-ever com­pe­ti­tion, Keira took sec­ond place but was named “most adorable” and as also hav­ing “the best smile”.

Keira is a big fan of the TV show Tod­dlers and Tiaras – which she of­ten set­tles down to watch with her gran.

How­ever, de­spite be­ing a novice in the world of beauty pageants she showed no nerves and daz­zled on stage.

“I wasn’t ner­vous at all and it was re­ally good fun,” Keira told the News.

“My favourite bits were dress­ing up in the ball gown and the Hal­loween cos­tume.”

She added: “I felt like a princess in the ball gown and I re­ally liked per­form­ing up on stage.

“I used to go to danc­ing school so I made up my own rou­tine for the tal­ent sec­tion.”

Proud dad Wil­liam be­lieves the event was more nerve-wrack­ing for the par­ents.

He said: “I think her mum Kirsty and my­self were more ner­vous than she was, es­pe­cially wait­ing for the re­sults.

“For her to come sec­ond in her first-ever con­test is a real achieve­ment – the girl who won it had done two or three pre­vi­ously and she was up against girls with a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence.

“She seemed to re­ally en­joy the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence so if she wants to do more we won’t stop her.”

PrincessKeira Con­nolly starred in her first-ever pageant

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