A record-winning beauty queen is returning to the stage in hopes of winning the crown she missed almost 30 years ago.

During the 1980s, Vicky Ellis, 56 from Little Sutton held the record for the most beauty title wins in the UK and won every title the North West had to offer.

Now, she is set to return nearly four decades after her first title win to take on the Ms Great Britain Classic finals – after first entering Miss Great Britain in 1983.

Vicky Ellis said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in Ms. Great Britain Classic.

“I had such a lovely time during the 1980s and it really was a fun decade. It was so glamorous and I won some super prizes.

“In fact, the first car I ever owned was one I won in 1983, a gorgeous, gold Ford Escort Ghia. I was such a lucky girl.

“I got to meet so many famous faces and travelled to such interesting places, meeting Rod Stewart at Tramp nightclub couldn’t get any more 80’s, could it?”

Vicky was 17 when she first attempted to win the Miss Great Britain crown

Vicky was 17 when she first attempted to win the Miss Great Britain crown

It was Vicky’s daughter, Tabitha, who encouraged her to enter the competition after becoming fascinated by her mum’s collection of beauty queen treasures.

At 56, Vicky will be the most senior competitor and hopes that she will finally fulfil her dream of winning the Ms Great Britain Classic crown.

She added: “Of course, it would be a dream come true to be third time lucky. At 56, I am the most senior competitor in the line-up, and I am very proud of my age.

“I’ve made sure that the photoshoot for my headshots have no filters were used, as I wanted them to represent who I am.

“From talking to my contemporaries, it is vital to us that women of our age are visible for all of the right reasons. We don’t want to be pressured into something unattainable.

“I’m not someone who went from a modelling career and then maintained it. I have certainly been away from the spotlight for a while, and so getting ready for the event and taking part in my photo shoots has been really uplifting.

“I’ve also met some lovely new friends at the pre-pageant events, and the support I have received from my beauty queen pals from back in the day has been overwhelming.”

Ms Great Britain Classic will take place on September 17. For further information visit www.facebook.com/MsGreatBritain