ALTHOUGH not deemed to be too politically correct these days, East Lancashire has had a long-standing tradition for holding beauty pageants.

Throughout the Eighties many East Lancashire nightclubs would host beauty competitions - often in conjunction with the breweries - and there would be no shortage of would-be models willing to strut their stuff in swimsuits in front of the judges - and often large crowds - in a bid to take home the title.

We have gone back into the archive to bring you some of the many beauty contests held in the area.

Perhaps you were one of the contestants or you may recognise someone who was.

If you have your own beauty competition memories and photos then we’d love to share them with Looking Back readers.

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