Sash, Miss Brooklands 1973
A dark blue satin look sash, awarded to Beverley Coates in 1973 for the Miss Brooklands competition as part of the Festival of the Pines. The sash has the name of the competition and the year in white stencilled writing, on a blue satin backing. The fabric is gathered by a blue fabric band where the sash is likely to fall at the hip of the wearer. There is a small dome beneath this strip of fabric which gathers the sash together and holds the two sides in place.
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The Miss Brooklands competition was part of the Festival of the Pines, and began in 1958 along with the first festival. The winners of the competition were selected to represent Taranaki in a range of fields, and were chosen not because of their beauty but for their personality, intelligence, a good speaking voice and style, knowledge of Taranaki and poise. The winners were expected to act as advocates and ambassadors for the region. The winners also travelled through New Zealand and overseas encouraging visitors to come to Taranaki. There was also a reciprocal agreement with the Hastings Carnival, where the Hastings Carnival Queen and Miss Brooklands visited each other’s town and were guests at each other’s balls and fetes. The Miss Brooklands competition ended on its 25th anniversary in 1983.