Couple are all smiles at awards night

Miss Charity Bedfordshire - Emily Grace Batchelor. Photo by Kev Wise
Miss Charity Bedfordshire - Emily Grace Batchelor. Photo by Kev Wise

A Leighton Buzzard couple had plenty to cheer about at the Mr and Miss Bedfordshire awards.

Tom Jones was crowned Mr Bedfordshire at his debut pageant and his girlfriend Emily Grace Batchelor came second runner up and was crowned Miss Charity Bedfordshire and Miss Fitness.

Mr Bedfordshire - Tom Jones. Photo by Kev Wise

Mr Bedfordshire - Tom Jones. Photo by Kev Wise

It was the third time that the 23-year-old had won the Miss Charity title.

She raised over £1,300 for Beauty With A Purpose, the Miss World charity that helps disabled and disadvantaged children in England.

She said: “We had a great night, a lot of the girls from last year were there and it was great to catch up with them.

“I am so proud of Tom, he did great to win. I want to thank everyone that kindly donated to Beauty With A Purpose, my sponsor Michael Di Meo, Fogarty for lending Tom his suit and Expressions Salon for helping me prepare for the day.

“I am proud to have won this title and will continue to raise money for such a great charity.”

Tom, 23, of Eggington, had no plans to enter the pageant, he was at the auditions accompanying Emily.

He said: “Sunday night was fantastic, Emily and I had a lot of support from family and friends and the rugby lads came down to support me as well.

“It feels great to have won, I did not expect but I am extremely competitive and am very glad I did.”

Tom used to play for Leighton Buzzard Rugby Football Club but has a prolapsed disc in his spine which has kept him out of action, he expects to get a lot of stick from his team mates about the award.

Next up for Tom is the Mr England final in August, he added: “Now I have had a taster I am taking it seriously to win!

“It would be a dream to be Mr England and represent our country at Mr World.”

Emily, a teaching assistant at Greenleas Lower School, has been awarded a place in the semi final of Miss England.