Pauline Bartley being crowned Gala Charm Girl - photograph

In 1971, the first Miss Great Britain beauty contest was televised. This sparked a popular trend for all sorts of beauty contests in the early 1970s. One of several staff competitions held by London Transport (L.T.) was the Gala Charm Girl contest. The competition was one of the events at L.T.'s annual sport's day held at Osterley. In 1977, there were 60 entrants. The competition was won by Jamaican-born 23-year-old Pauline Bartley, who worked as a conductor on route 88 running from Stockwell garage. In this picture, Bartley is being crowned with the winner's tiara.
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Photographer : J A Ballard
Transport for London

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