Meet Miss Regatta 2016 who was crowned on 12 July at a special ceremony.
Phoebe Ross took the crown and the sash from Samantha Dixon, who had held the role for the last two regattas, and was crowned by the Whitby Yacht Club commodore Keith Gowland.
Hairdresser Sam was jokingly reluctant to hand over the title at Whitby Yacht Club after enjoying her time as the face of the Regatta.
Phoebe, who turned 20 on Wednesday, has been a regular at the Regatta since she was a child and is a familiar face at the Friendship Rowing Club where her late dad, Mark, was a member.
After being selected by an interview panel with Sally Landers, the Miss Regatta co-ordinator and Bill Miller, Regatta Committee Representative, she said she was over the moon to be picked.
The judges said they had selected her because she was “a lovely girl”, outgoing and obviously loved the Regatta experience and understood how important it was to the town.
Phoebe is well aware of what being Miss Regatta entails and is looking forward to the Saturday baby show now even more than usual. She said: “My mum loves the baby show. It is something we have watched every year even though we have not had a family baby there for years.
“Last year I had returned from Australia the day before the baby show and was totally jet lagged but mum got me up and we were at the show.” In addition, Miss Regatta attends the opening review show, Glamorous Gran and the rowing presentations.
From the age of five Phoebe has been a member with the LP Dance Studio and a regular in the Monday parade with dance partner Chris Colebrooke. A former coxswain with the Friendship Rowing Club before dancing took over. Phoebe also goes back every year to watch from the club house which she says has the best view of the rowing races. This year it will be extra special as she will be handing out the all-important prizes as part of her Miss Regatta duties.
She added: “My grandparents still go and a couple of years ago I was asked to open the new gym in memory of my dad and that shows how much he is thought of.”
Mum Vicky added: “I have waited and waited for her to be Miss Regatta ever since I put her in the baby show. I am very proud of her.”
Phoebe has just returned back to the family home at Derwent Road in Whitby following her first year at the University of Leeds where she is studying earth sciences.
She works at Perry’s Garden Centre during university breaks, is a ballroom dancing champion and also plays hockey.
Photograph and Article reproduced with the kind permission of The Whitby Gazette
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