There were tears of joy when our first Face of Falkirk was crowned at a successful event at the Beancross Hotel and Restaurant on Sunday.
Maddiston’s Kayleigh Harley captured the hearts of the judges to win the competition and walk off with a professional photoshoot and makeover.
The final kicked off with an upbeat display from Dance Dreams Theatre School, before presenter George Craig introduced our judges – Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume, Howgate marketing manager Margaret Foy, Specsavers model Lucie Stevenson and Graeme Hamilton, co-owner of Couper & Co.
Our nine finalists were then put through their paces, modelling clothes from New Look and Zuri Boutique and facing questioning from our judges.
Meanwhile, our audience was kept on their toes with a raffle and charity auction, and enjoyed entertainment from singer Lisa Heesom performing as Celine Dion.
To close the event, Colin revealed the judges’ decision, with Hayley Johnston (17) and Catie Gilvear (19) claiming second and third place respectively.
Then Margaret placed the winner’s sash on Kayleigh (17), whose family and friends led the clapping and cheering.
Event organiser Deborah Punshon said: “Many congratulations to Kayleigh on winning this competition.
“One of the best things about Sunday was meeting all our finalists and their family and friends. They brought the event to life and gave it a great atmosphere.
“The girls all started out a bit nervous, but, by the last round they were relaxed, looking great and enjoying the experience.
“So many people gave their time and talent to make this event possible, and we are extremely grateful to each and every one of them.
“It’s great so many wanted to support this new venture from The Falkirk Herald and raise money for Strathcarron Hospice.”