Favourites take title

Kimberley Walrond and Rico Bradshaw claim crowns at mr & miss togehterness pageant

by Tonia Husbands

Mr. & Miss Nicholls Bakery, Kimberley Walrond and Rico Bradshaw, have been crowned Mr. & Miss Togetherness.

And it was a decision that was popular with the audience as they were clear favourites from the start.

The couple, who won the inaugural pageant organised by the Togetherness Social Group last Saturday night at the Grantley Adams Memorial School, beat out four other couples to claim the title before a packed hall.

Miss Market Hill Fanalya Holdipp and Mr. Code One Plus Christopher Payne came second while Mr. and Miss Belvadere, Deidra Murray and Terrance Holder, were third.

Holder won the Mr. Web title and Holdipp was Miss Web while Mr. & Mrs. Congeniality went to Mr. & Miss. Xquisite Event Rentals, Sherene Dottin and Adrian Grant.

The judges agreed that Holdipp had the Best Formal Gown and Bradshaw walked away with the Best Formal Wear title for the men.

The beating drums, which signalled the start of the pageant, held under the patronage of Millicent Walker-Cave, were different and a sign of what was in store for patrons who included MP for St. Joseph Dale Marshall and Barbados Labour Party candidate for Christ Church South Jerome Walcott.

One of the interesting highlights of the pageant was the projects the contestants were involved in for the four months prior to Saturday night.

Disabilities was the focus of Mr. & Miss Belvadere’s project; Cancer was Mr. & Miss Code One Plus’ focus; Mr. & Miss Market Hill examined Diabetes; Mr. & Miss Nicholls Bakery tackled Alzheimer’s, while Mr. & Miss. Xquisite Event Rentals dealt with HIV/AIDS.

It was clear that all of the contestants were dedicated to these projects as you could hear the passion in their voices when they spoke about them.

The beach wear segment was a hit!

Wearing Lucy Lui creations, the women strutted confidently on to the stage while their male counterparts, especially Payne and Bradshaw, appearing in William Squires designs, brought the women in the audience to their feet.

The second half of the show saw the contestants appearing in formal wear and while Howell’s white Lucy Lui creation stood out, it was easy to see why the judges awarded the best gown title to Holdipp, whose Pauline Bellamy design depicted the beauty of Andromeda Gardens located in the same parish.

Some of the females stumbled a bit in the question-and-answer segment but most of the men answered well.

After 30 minutes of deliberation the judges came back with the results.

The winners walked away with a trip to a Caribbean destination compliments Liat, and a weekend for two compliments the Waves Hotel along with trophies and other prizes.

All contestants were given participation prizes.

The MCs Teshia Hinds and Mark Anthony kept the crowd entertained and also gave away prizes, which included a mobile phone.

Entertainment was provided by Kelvin Carvalho and Rashida Jackman, Nicholls Bakery Aging Square Dancers and Penny.

Togetherness Social Group did a commendable job with their first pageant.

This group was established in 2009 and has been involved in several community projects spanning from Hothersal Turning in St. Michael to Horse Hill in St. Joseph. bigbeautifultony@hotmail.com

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