PHARMACY technician Lesley Maude is celebrating winning Redcar’s Best-Dressed Lady title today – wearing an outfit she bought for her daughter's wedding.

Lesley, from Redcar, bought the elegant matching Ted Baker jacket and dress, plus salmon fascinator, when daughter Becky got married eight weeks ago.

"Friends persuaded me to enter the competition and it's a big surprise to win. I suppose you could say I've got an awful lot of value out of this outfit!" laughed Lesley.

She won a Gucci Trademark necklace, bracelet and earrings, from Market Cross Jewellers, plus £100 gift voucher for Skin King Cosmetics, and a personal shopping experience and £50 gift voucher from Betty Leigh Boutique.

Runner-up was Tracey Howell, of Bishop Auckland, who won a Swarovski Tennis Deluxe necklace, bracelet and earrings, from Market Cross Jewellers, and a gift voucher from Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty.

Third place went to Janet Hill, of Redcar, who won a Tree of Life necklace and earrings, from Market Cross Jewellers, and a goodie bag of products from Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty.

Redcar’s general manager Amy Fair said: “After the disruption of the pandemic years, the ladies of the area clearly enjoyed the opportunity to dress up and the standard was as high as ever. Congratulations to Lesley for being a fabulous winner and thank you to everyone who contributed to a glittering social occasion for Redcar.”

Lesley will now represent Redcar in the Grand Final, comprising the Best Dressed Ladies from the nine Go Racing in Yorkshire tracks.

The overall winner will be chosen in an online vote on the Go Racing In Yorkshire website – – after the final heat at Doncaster on September 9.