Gripping George by the shoulder and pulling him to his feet, he held him with one hand while he looked at Belle Carpenter seated on the grass.
Then Ed Handby took Belle Carpenter by the arm and marched her away.
Come and show yourself," said Miss Belle, leading the way to the room where the others were waiting.
Take your silver butterfly, and catch up that long curl on the left side of her head, Clara, and don't any of you disturb the charming work of my hands," said Belle, as she hurried away, looking well pleased with her success.
I'm nowhere beside you, for Belle has heaps of taste, and you're quite French, I assure you.
To complete her confusion, she saw Belle nudge Annie, and both glance from her to Laurie, who, she was happy to see, looked unusually boyish and shy.
Poor girls don't stand any chance, Belle says, unless they put themselves forward," sighed Meg.
Last year's belle
was the larger than life Mandy Dingle from Emmerdale Farm while other belles
have included Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, MEP Dana, TV personality Gloria Hunniford and singer Loretta Lynn.