Did Virgin snub Miss England?
USUALLY, no publicity shot of Virgin tycoon Richard Branson is complete without a bikini-clad beauty queen at his side.
But the reigning Miss England, Elizabeth Grant, is furious that Branson failed to invite her to this week’s launch event when Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Miss England’ plane took off on its maiden flight from Manchester to San Francisco.
Grant’s father, DJ Des Grant, is ‘upset and annoyed’ by Branson’s snub, since the tycoon has posed for publicity shots with previous Miss Englands, and Elizabeth lives only 30 miles from Manchester.
Angie Beasley, the organiser of the Miss England contest, says: ‘It would have been polite for Richard to invite Miss England, seeing as he’s used Miss England for publicity purposes before.’