A Lincolnshire Police cadet from Skegness – and current Miss Skegness – has qualified for the final of this year’s Miss England.
Olivia Green, 18, is through to the final 10 in the competition after impressing in the semi-final stage, held at Kelham Hall, near Newark, on Sunday.
She said: “I was amazed. I did not think I had any chance of getting through. I felt really shocked.”
She added: “I will be proudly flying the flag for Skegness.”
The competition aims to find, in the words of organisers, ‘a talented sporty photogenic charitable female who has modelling potential to represent the nation on a world stage’.
It is the only national competition in England to send its winner to Miss World, which has a top prize of $100,000.
The semi-final involved an interview, a photo shoot, a ball gown round, and an ‘eco wear round’ in which contestants were given the task of sourcing an outfit made from recycled materials or something that has been handed down from a relative or even purchased from a charity shop.
Points from each were added up to determine the winners.
“My eco dress was made with shells from Natureland,” said Olivia. “I wanted a seaside theme as I was representing Skegness.
“I found the photo shoot most demanding as I had never done one before.
“I was really nervous for the interview. It was quite short and we had to reveal some interesting facts about ourselves and I spoke about my work as a police cadet.”
She added: “It was a very strong line-up. The other contestants were all lovely and beautiful, it was tough.”
The final will take place at The Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, on August 13 and 14.
It will feature circuit training, including plank and burpee challenges. Olivia will also be tasked with creating an eco dress on a James Bond theme.
She said: “Everybody has been really supportive and I would love to win the title. It is going to be a strong competition against some girls who have been competing in pageants for years.
“Winning Miss Skegness was my first experience of taking part in a pageant.”
She added: “The judges are looking for an all rounder – some people have got the wrong perception, it is not just about looks.”