Seven girls from Silverdale School have been chosen to take part in a series of contests against a similar team from Garston School. The winning team will gain for their school a legacy left in the will of a local eccentric, Miss Trotter who had, in her youth, attended both schools. The contest is being held in a special camp, and the adjudicator is Miss Berman. The girls of Silverdale have lost the first two contests, and suspect foul play.
Gwyneth Williams, who lived alone with her blind father, was competing for the title of Queen of the Five Valleys. The queen was chosen once every 25 years in the Welsh district where Gwyneth lived, and because Gwyneth’s dead mother had been the last queen, her blind father dreamt of Gwyneth winning the title, too. Gwyneth did not think she possessed her mother’s charm and beauty, but after many setbacks she reached the quarter-finals of the competition.
- Queen of the Five Valleys –Mandy: #5 (18 February 1967) – #12 (8 April 1967)
- Reprinted – Mandy: #328 (28 April 1973).- #335 (16 June 1973)
Katy Boyd was treated like a skivvy in the house and cafe belonging to her Aunt Connie.In an effort to better herself she entered a cookery competition sponsored by Prior’s Pure Foods. The contestants had to build a recipe book with loose-leaf pages awarded for success in a series of cooking tests.
- Katy’s Cook-Book – Mandy: #599 (8 July 1978) – #608 (9 September 1978)
Valerie Hall and her sisters, Edna and Jo. lived in Angel Tower, a high rise block of flats built near Oakhill Estate. The people of Oakhill Estate, where Edna’s boyfriend, Greg Palmer, lived with his family, did not want high flats next to them. To try to cool down the situation, the council organised a contest to choose a Princess of the Tower — the girl who would do most to bring the two communities together. Val was putting on a concert to help the local Home for Crippled Children. Val had made an enemy of Helen Wade, her closest rival in the contest.
- Princess of the Tower – Mandy: #494 (03 July 1976) – #503 (4 September 1976)