TWO inspirational young women have been chosen to represent Wisbech as the Rose Queen and runner-up.
The six finalists in the competition attended Et Cetera’s Cafe Studio on Wednesday evening for the judging and 17-year-old Jasmin Jackson emerged as the winner, with Rebecca Best, also 17, as the runner-up.
The judges – made up of Wisbech Round Table chairman Paul Barker, Rose Fair chairman Daniel Ball, Barbara Oliver from Fotogenic, Serena Ray from Young Romantics and Fenland Citizen reporter Emma Mason – had a tough job deciding between the candidates.
Equestrian enthusiast Jasmin impressed the judges with her confidence and her determination after suffering a horrific riding accident last year.
Despite being in intensive care for 11 days, breaking all her ribs and suffering internal bleeding, among other injuries, she was riding again in two weeks so she could start an equestrian course at Milton campus in Cambridge.
Rebecca, known as Beccy, also impressed the judges. A sergeant in the Wisbech Air Training Corps, Beccy has fought back against years of bullying to improve her confidence. She is now on the verge of finishing a musical theatre course at the College of West Anglia and planning a career in the RAF.
Paul Barker praised everyone who entered and urged the unsuccessful finalists to apply again next year. All the finalists received bouquets of flowers and congratulations from the judges.
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