A young woman won a prestigious beauty pageant just two weeks after being injured in a frightening car crash in Melton town centre.
Chloe Jardine-Price (27), from the tiny hamlet of Chadwell, was crowned Miss Great Britain Rutland on Saturday evening in a glittering ceremony on the shores of Rutland Water.
She was still feeling the effects of suffering a bad cut to her eye, bruising on her body and a jarred back after her car was smashed into by another vehicle as she sat eating her lunch while parked on Thorpe End close to McDonald’s restaurant.
Chloe said: “It was a massive surprise to win the contest - I wasn’t expecting it at all.
“I was suffering from back pain from the car accident on the night of the contest but I got through it and I managed to cover up my cuts and bruises with make-up.
“I had worked so hard to take part in the competition that I wasn’t going to pull out even if I had a broken leg.”
Chloe was one of nine finalists in the pageant in which contestants received online votes ahead of the final, which was at Rutland Water Golf Course, where they took part in fashion and evening wear parades and interviews with the judges.
The women, who jointly raised £3,700 for Rainbows Hospice with their individual fundraising events, were asked to wear recycled clothing for part of the night and Chloe wore a dress made up of recycled table linens donated by Scalford Hall Hotel.
She said: “When the judges announced the final five it was so nerve-wracking and when they said my name it was one of those amazing moments.
“I had my friends there supporting me and my parents, who are divorced, were in the same room for the first time in 12 years.
“This is the first time I’ve entered anything like this and it is surprising to win because I’m a bit of a tomboy really.”
Chloe, who works at Town and Country Pet Foods in Melton, now goes forward to compete at the Miss Great Britain competition in Leicester in September.