Search

Hornchurch teenager whose uncle was murdered is in running for Teen Queen title

17:00 20 November 2012

Candilee Farey is in the running to become Miss Teen Queen UK

Candilee Farey is in the running to become Miss Teen Queen UK

Archant

A Hornchurch teenager who experienced a horrifying family tragedy five years ago is in the running to become Miss Teen Queen UK 2013.

Candilee Farey, 16, is the niece of Rocky Dawson who was murdered in May 2006 in Ardleigh Green Road.

Rocky, 24, was shot in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity, before stumbling into his parents’ home, where he died in front of family members, including Candilee.

Despite her childhood being disrupted by the horrific incident, former Emerson Park School pupil Candilee is currently in the second heat of the national beauty competition after being spotted by a scout in Romford town centre.

Her grandmother, Rocky’s mother, Candy Dawson, said: “She hasn’t got a lot of confidence, but she is absolutely stunning.

“She’s quite shy and obviously she has had quite a hard time. But to get through to this round is really something positive after everything she’s been through.”

The beauty pageant’s final is due to be held next year and prizes include an introduction to a modelling agency.

Candy added: “We really want her to do well and it’s a team effort. I’m going out with some friends, putting posters in shop windows and everywhere else we can.”

To vote for Candilee, call 0900 596 1000 and press 69 or text TQ69 to 81319.

Voting ends on November 30, texts cost 75p plus standard network rate.

Contract killer James Tomkins was jailed for murdering Rocky in April 2011. He had denied murder.

Christopher Pearman, of Waltham Abbey, who drove Tomkins to and from the scene was given a life sentence in January 2007 after pleading guilty to his involvement in the murder.

The people who ordered the killing have never been found.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

58 minutes ago
A burst water main has closed Upper Rainham Road this morning  (credit: @MPSHavering)

Upper Rainham Road is closed in both directions between Elm Park Avenue and Laburnum Avenue due to a burst water main, causing diversions.

07:00
Queen's Hospital's A&E department

A pioneering emergency care trial directed between 50 and 60 patients a day away from A&E in a bid to focus resources on those in need of urgent care.

Yesterday, 17:53
Jim Reynolds pictured with Stalkers Lily

It is understood that Romford dog track has terminated the contract of one of its top greyhound trainers yesterday.

Yesterday, 14:55
People enjoying a Community Fun Day at the Rush Green Community Association. Honey O'Brian 5, Scott 5 and Skye Martin 6

There was an afternoon of entertainment for everyone at the annual fun day in Rush Green last Saturday.

Yesterday, 11:42
Generic shots of a Big Mac burger from a McDonalds restaurant. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday  November5, 2007.  Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

From a man calling to say that his “very very large friend” was stuck up a tree, to a man calling to request a Big Mac, the London Fire Brigade has revealed its top ten weirdest calls.

Yesterday, 10:29
Protesters outside the headquarters of the Business Department in London, as postal workers delivered a warning to the government that the Post Office was

Thousands of post office workers are to be balloted on strike action over job losses, post office closures and pension scheme changes, the union has announced.

Yesterday, 07:00
Keith Gordon

A 60-year-old man who has covered his body in tattoos as “revenge against the OCD”, will appear in a documentary next month about his transformation.

Mon, 16:48
Robert Morris aged 22  from Hornchurch

Do you know the whereabouts of these five people? They are all sought by police on suspicion of a number of alleged crimes, ranging from assault to robbery.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now