St Lucian’s flurry of initial activity re-sets contest’s credentialsCurmiah St Catherine’s stunning victory in the 23rd Miss Caribbean &Commonwealth contest at the Polish Centre in Hammersmith in October 2010 was right out of the best traditions. The winner was a St Lucian student, living in Waltham Forest, East London and had been recommended by Grace Felix, promoter of Miss St Lucia UK. Her deputies were Melissa Obisi, recommended by Miss Ghana UK, and Sapphire Durant, a Jamaican from Croydon recommended by the outgoing runner-up Gloria Nsubuga. Curmiah was crowned by predecessor Karola Rajoo, and the judging panel comprised exclusively former holders of the title. With Magykk Myers again co-ordinator and Archbishop Dr Bancroft McCarthy and the United Christian Harmony Group starting proceedings, the show, which exhibited the greatest range of nationalities among the contestants for over twenty years, was a defining promotion which eclipsed even its own history.Immediately following the disappointment of the previous year promoter Clayton Goodwin had worked assiduously in putting together a strong team. Magykk Myers was invited to continue as co-ordinator, and, led by the example of Shirley Dee, several former title-holders lent their support which included the presentation of a tableau of the history of the title in the first part of the programme. Most of the established promoters willingly recommended contestants. Magykk and Clayton maintained the momentum, adding to the profile, by staging a series of photo-opportunities with the assistance of photographer Ben Black. This time there were no clashes of personality such as had led to instability twelve month or so earlier. The launch was held at Indulgence wine-bar at the Barbican.  Curmiah started her reign with a flurry of activity in attending a number of functions in the Caribbean and African communities. She helped producer/director J.D. Douglas with his presentation of The JA Story at the Stratford Circus Theatre and participated with the star, Count Prince Miller, in an arts/poetry demonstration at the Commonwealth Institute. Curmiah was a guest on the St Lucian stand at the World Travel Market, and re-set the title’s credentials in being received by the Mayor of Waltham Forest, whom he joined in his customary New Year’s morning walk through the borough, and by the High Commissioner for St Lucia – being the first title-holder from that country since Lucia Charlery twenty-seven years earlier.The pace of activity was too intense to last. Curmiah had other commitments on her life and cut down the number of her appearances into the new year. Nevertheless, she had restored the prestige of Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth to as it was in the Platinum, Gold and Silver ages. Although the printed press had lost much of its influence to publicise its activities, the title now had a high profile on the social media. It was now again in a position to lead the industry in innovation as well as keeping to its basic principles. With Africans and West Indians sharing the top positions, the promotion was overtly representative of the Caribbean and Commonwealth. Now with the future secure Clayton Goodwin could think about relinquishing his hands-on promotion and return to his full-time career in journalism.Expectations that Magykk Myers would take over the reins did not materialise, and circumstances now turned full circle. Former winner Shirley Dee, who had introduced her compatriot to the promotion and worked with her in the build-up to this show, returned to the fore. Shirley and Jacqueline Matovu, promoter of Miss Uganda UK and supporter of the title in several capacities, were to dominate the next few seasons. Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth was more than just one – or a few – individual(s). It did indeed represent the community, and had done so throughout its existence, as Clayton had intended when he set out on this path three decades earlier.Yet there was still one more contest to go before 

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