Miss Alderney crowned after three-year gap

COURTENEY BENFIELD was named as Miss Alderney after the competition went ahead for the first time in three years.

Miss Alderney 2022 is Courteney Benfield, 16, second left. Next to her is her maid of honour, childhood friend Amelie Carpenter, also 16. They are flanked by Master Alderney Jacob Parmentier, 7, and Little Miss Alderney Evelyn Benfield, 10. (Picture by David Nash)
Miss Alderney 2022 is Courteney Benfield, 16, second left. Next to her is her maid of honour, childhood friend Amelie Carpenter, also 16. They are flanked by Master Alderney Jacob Parmentier, 7, and Little Miss Alderney Evelyn Benfield, 10. (Picture by David Nash)

The 16-year-old, who is head girl at St Anne’s School, will represent the island at Alderney Week at the beginning of August.

‘I have loved taking part in the Cavalcade Day parades, but as Miss Alderney it will be even more special,’ she said.

‘However, my favourite part of Alderney Week has always been the torchlight procession, which we have definitely missed for the previous two years [due to Covid].’

Courteney said she also loved the harbour festival and the colour festival.

Her ambition is to enter the medical profession and she has just been accepted into a summer medical school in Barnstaple for a course in July.

Her maid of honour is her childhood friend Amelie Carpenter, also 16. Both were crowned by Miss Alderney 2019, Abbie Chandler.

Amelie attends the Grammar School Sixth Form Centre and would like to pursue a career as a fashion buyer.

Master Alderney, was won by Jacob Parmentier, 7, while Courteney’s cousin, Evelyn Benfield, 10, was crowned Little Miss Alderney.

Runners-up were Moses Gianelli and Saoirse Neil, both 8, respectively. Winners of the best fancy dress entries were Grace Chapman and Marley McAllister-Wilding.

Two independent judges had the difficult task of selecting Miss Alderney 2022 and her maid of honour at a function at The Moorings, organised by the Alderney Week Team.

AWT leader Vicky Chandler said: ‘We were very happy with the number of entries and particularly the quality of entries.

‘It must have been very difficult for the judges, but their decision was unanimous and we are delighted with their choice.’

The Miss Alderney appeal seems to be running in the genes. Little Miss Alderney Evelyn Benfield is the daughter of Miss Alderney 2009 Hannah (nee Cox).

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