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Brave cancer teen Lily Douglas hailed ‘beautiful and talented’ by Miss Scotland

Scots cancer teen Lily Douglas wowed the fashion pack as she closed a high-glamour catwalk show over the weekend.

The 13-year-old took part in a Prom 2022 showcase alongside Miss Scotland and other beauty queens at Hamilton Park Racecourse in North Lanarkshire on Sunday.

Lily is battling Ewing sarcoma, a type of tumour found in the bone and soft tissue.

But cancer didn’t stop the schoolgirl, who donned a stunning gown and took to the catwalk for occasion wear store, Deja Elite Boutique in Hamilton where adoring crowds burst into cheers and applause.

Inspirational video footage shows Lily in a baby pink frock, with straps, tulle layering and a dainty, floral pattern.

The hero teen beamed as she turned to face Miss Scotland, Claudia Todd and the pair blew kisses out to the crowd.

Watching in the wings was her mum, Jane Douglas. who hailed their ‘great day’ out and, of course, the ‘gorgeous dresses’.

Lily Douglas ‘stole the show’ on the catwalk

Jane told the Record: “We were introduced to, boutique owner, Lesley by a friend when I was looking for a dress for lily for the Pride of Scotland Awards.

“We went down to Lesley’s shop and it is gorgeous.

“She was so helpful, Lily was torn between two dresses , so Lesley gifted her both and altered them both to fit her.

“She is so so kind, we were invited down yesterday fo Lily to model on her catwalk show.

“We met Miss Scotland, the runner up to Miss Scotland, Elaine Burns and the Amy Meisak who is due to take part in Miss Universe.

“They were all gorgeous and the dresses were lovely.

Lily was over the moon and the girls were so lovely to her.”

Brave cancer teen Lily Douglas hailed 'beautiful and talented' by Miss Scotland
Miss Scotland Claudia Todd with Lily Douglas

Miss Scotland herself took to social media to hail talented Lily.

Claudia, who was crowned back in August, wrote: “It was an honour to meet Lily today.

“You are a beautiful and talented young lady.

“I hope to see you soon.”

Strictly Come Dancing star, Arelene Phillips, was among many who praised Lily for being the ‘belle of the ball’.

Brave cancer teen Lily Douglas hailed 'beautiful and talented' by Miss Scotland
Teenager of Courage Lily Douglas with her Mother (left) and Dame Arlene Phillips.

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The renowned choreographer, who’s met Lily before through her passion for dancing, wrote: “Lily takes my breath away and what stunning dresses too.”

Another added: “How elegant is our Lily!

“She looks truly alight!”

A third commented: “Wow!

“Lily looking beautiful!”

Another posted: “Lily is by far the belle of the ball.

“Stunning and beautiful.”

And Deja Elite Boutique praised Lily who ‘stole the show’.

Director, Lesley Batchelor, 54 said: “We were so lucky to have beautiful Lily modelling our junior prom dresses.

“She stole the show and all our hearts.”

Lily was diagnosed in with cancer in April 2017, aged nine.

She had major surgery to remove her shoulder blade and muscles as well as 14 rounds of chemotherapy. Treatment also included proton beam therapy in Florida.

But in 2018, tests showed the cancer had returned and in summer 2020 she suffered a stroke which affected her speech and mobility.

Now with the help of physiotherapy, Lily is regaining her speech and strength.

As Lily looks forward to her 14th birthday next week, mum Jane said she’s on a tablet that is ‘continuing to work’ and the ‘cancer is not growing’.

Visit the NHS website for more information on Ewing Sarcoma.

Deja Elita Boutique sits on Hamilton’s Bothwell Road, head to their Facebook page to see more of their collection or visit their website.

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