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Lisburn’s Miss Leap Year, 1964


Miss Leap Year photo finalUlster Star, 22 February 1964

In 1964, a group of Lisburn students organised a ‘Miss Leap Year’ competition in aid of the charity Freedom from Hunger. Unlike other beauty queen titles, entrants for Miss Leap Year submitted their photograph and six finalists had their portrait displayed in a public space. Beneath each picture was a collecting box, and whoever received the most donations from passers-by was the winner.

The results were announced at a special dance in the Pond Park Hall on leap day, Saturday 29 February. The winner, Miss June McClinton, was crowned by UTV announcer, Brian Durkin, and received a clothing voucher as her prize.


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