Left Danuta, centre Joalanta, right Maria
Lancaster Guardian 04 February 1955:
Polish beauties in competition
Highlight of the Lancaster Polish Scouts’ Association masked ball in the Alexandra Hotel, Lancaster, on Friday night was the area final of the beauty competition sponsored by the “Dziennik Polski” (The Polish Daily) a Polish newspaper published in London.
The competition is open to all Polish girls in the British Isles. Readers of the newspaper are asked to vote for the most beautiful contestant in the final selection.
On Friday, 14 Polish girls between 19 and 33, entered for the competition. A panel of five men, chosen at random from the dancers, judged the competition.
Placed first was 21-year-old Joalanta Flisak, of Regent Street, Lancaster; second was Maria Boryn, aged 20, of Halton Road, Lancaster; third was Danuta Diakum, of Regent Street, Lancaster.
The ball attracted more than 100 people and was organised by the committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Felix Boryn.
A continental dance band provided the music for dancing which included such Polish national dances as the polka, the oberek and the kujawiak. Two Polish musicians in the band were Mr. H. Brzezinka and Mr. J. Pardulo, both members of the association.
The association was formed in December, 1950, by Mr. Mieczyslaw Diakum, of Regent Street, Lancaster, who has been scoutmaster since the formation. At the present time there are about 15 members between 21 and 38. In the summer, however, there are 20 boys expected to join the association