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From Day to Bright: You’re a winner

Monday, 1st December, 2014

Ellie Bright soaks up a glorious day after finding out her special role in this year’s Christmas pageant. Ellie Bright soaks up a glorious day after finding out her special role in this year’s Christmas pageant.

By Emily Roberts

 After nominating for Pageant Princess last year, Ellie Bright was talked into giving it another go - and it paid off.

“I was surprised,” said the 16-year-old Broken Hill High School student yesterday.  “I didn’t think I would get it, but I am happy I did.”

Ellie said she was encouraged to enter by Newsworld owner, Phil Day.

“Every day I walk passed the newsagency and Phil knows me - he gave me a nomination form,” she said.

“I went in it last year but I wasn’t successful.

“It was good to get it this year, especially after the push from Phil.”

Over the past six years the Quota International Club of Broken Hill has worked with South Rotary Club and City Council to have a Pageant Princess in the city’s Christmas Pageant. 

Co-ordinator, Suzanne Day, said it was fast becoming a tradition.

“I think Pageant Princess is becoming a strong tradition in the city,” Mrs Day said. “We had a lot of entries this year and it was very hard to choose.”

Mrs Day said Ellie was very excited to find out she was the princess.

“When I told her she squealed and was very happy,

“I wish we could put more girls in, but we just don’t have enough room on the float. It’s also a nice day for the girl that is crowned.”

As princess, Ellie will receive a tiara and a sash, as well as an afternoon of pampering. She will also help Santa to hand out presents to the children.

“I am looking forward to being princess for a day,” Ellie said.

“I’m from a station, so I haven’t done anything like this before. It’s different but I am so excited.

“I would encourage all young girls to enter next year. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The Quota Club float will feature the Pageant Princess as well as six fairies at the parade on Saturday, December 6.

It will be followed by the Pageant After-Party, supported by the Democratic Club.

There will be a range of delicious food available at the food court that will be provided by community groups and sporting clubs, with seating. Music will be provided by the duo “Take Two”.

Santa Claus will make an appearance under the Rotunda during the evening.

The party will be capped off at 8.30pm with an outdoor screening of the “Fred Claus” sponsored by the YMCA.

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