SNAPSHOT FROM THE PAST: Judith Pitt, aged 18.
SNAPSHOT FROM THE PAST: Judith Pitt, aged 18.

Original Sun girl pageant winner looks back

GLADSTONE Harbour Festival is now just a week away, and the original Sun girl pageant winner, Judith Pitt, has come forward with some words of wisdom.

Judith, now 70, was reluctantly entered into the competition by her employer when she was just 18.

"I was a telephonist in manual exchange at the post office on Goondoon Street at the time," she said.

"The postal service voted me in and built a freight for me."

More than 39 floats were in the procession then, but it was Ms Pitt in her white shoe strap dress with a big blooming rose on the front that stole the judge's attention.

"It's all coming back to me," she said. "I was number six.

"We had a few questions to answer each about who we were and what we represented.

"It wasn't like the Miss Australia contest where you have to have a talent, but we had to parade around the showgrounds meeting and greeting.

"The finale was a social night and I was very surprised to win."

As the official winner Ms Pitt won a week to Heron Island, a week in Brisbane, and featured on all the major TV stations.

She also scored herself a boyfriend then husband, the late Roy Doherty.

"We got married in 1965 and because there wasn't a lot happening in Gladstone we moved to Darwin and then to Coolum," she said.

Ms Pitt said this year's Queen contestants should "have a darn good time".

"You need to be in it for the right reason because the judges will know," she said.

"And just relax and smile."

You can still enter the Junior Queen competition until 4pm on Thursday.

Gladstone Harbour Festival:

  • Wed, April 1: Santos GLNG and 4CC Talent Quest
  • Thurs, April 2: GPC Family Fun Night featuring live shows from The Octonauts and Lalaloopsy
  • Fri, April 3: Street parade (Lanterns and Lights theme)
  • Sat, April 4: NRG's Great Raft Race
  • Sun, April 5: Dan Hamill Band will play into the evening, with fireworks


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