The winners of the Chorley and Leyland Guardian’s Prom King and Queen 2011 competition have been crowned.
Former Parklands pupil Bret Kendall and former St Michael’s student Lauren Aspden fought off competition from more than 20 hopefuls to take home the first prize.
The result was announced at AJ’s nightclub on Friday, as family and friends all gathered to cheer on their favourites.
There were flowing gowns and dapper suits galore, as the hopefuls took to the floor to be grilled by compere and resident DJ Owen, and AJ’s owner Kurt Smith.
They were then narrowed down to a final 10, before the two winners and two runners-up were picked.
The judges, Guardian reporter Charlotte Wareing, Diane Royle from Charmed Nails and Beauty at Buckshaw Village, and Chris Mills, last year’s Prom King, had the difficult task of choosing the winners.
Cheers erupted from the dancefloor as Lauren and Bret were crowned winners, and Harry Carson and Lyndsay Myles were named runners-up.
Lauren, who hopes to start an apprenticeship as a beauty therapist, said: “I couldn’t believe it. It was such a shock.
“My parents are away at the moment so they couldn’t see me win. I’ll have to go and call them now to tell them. They will be so chuffed.”
Bret, who is going on to study for his A-levels at Runshaw College, said: “It was such a surprise to win. I really didn’t expect it. My mum entered me, so I didn’t even know I would be part of the competition until a couple of weeks ago.
“My mum and brothers and my grandma all came to cheer me on. It was a good night.”
The prom queen was handed £100 cash and £80 in vouchers for Charmed Nails and Beauty in Buckshaw Village, and the king was handed £100 cash and £100 vouchers for Lance Menswear in Chorley.
Kurt Smith, owner of AJ’s nightclub, said: “It was a great night for the youngsters. As well as being able to show off their fantastic outfits, they got the chance to see the new club, which has been given a refurbishment.
“They all looked great and deserved to win.”