THE prom season sparkled into life last night with the first big bash of the summer.
Among those celebrating was 15-year-old tomboy Jamie-Leigh Corner who marked the end of her life at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool.
The Mail told yesterday how she had spent months preparing her outfit for the pupils’ party at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, and delighted friends when she turned out in this beautiful prom dress.
Jamie-Leigh lives in Frensham Drive, in the Foggy Furze area of Hartlepool, with her nana, Maria Corner, 58.
The social services worker watched as her excited granddaughter and 12 of her best pals set off from her house in a bright pink Hummer.
Maria said: “She looked a million dollars. I was so proud to see her in the dress. She’s put a lot of effort into it so it was great to see it all come together.
“There was quite a few tears, it was an emotional night. She has gone from being a bit of a tomboy to being a woman. She’s absolutely stunning.”
Jamie-Leigh now plans to fulfil a childhood dream and join the Army.
Thousands more children will be enjoying their big night in the coming days.
• Hartlepool’s St Hild’s prom at Hardwick Hall and Easington Community School’s celebration at Lumley Castle are both being held tonight and coverage and pictures from those two events will appear in tomorrow’s Mail.
The Mail is also producing a commemorative supplement featuring a host of pictures from every school which will be published when the prom season ends.