WHO will be Miss Sunderland 2012? YOU decide.
The organisers of this year’s pageant have pitted two former Miss Sunderlands against each other in a battle of the beauties.
It means Wearsiders can choose, via phone vote, who they would like to see represent the city at Miss England next year – Philippa Attle, 18, from Chester-le-Street, or Tamzin Cummings, 21, from Ashbrooke.
The winner of the People’s Choice vote will be able to draw upon their experience at the Miss England final in the hope of stealing the national crown.
Miss Sunderland 2011 Philippa Attle said: “It’s a great opportunity to go back to the Miss England final. I learnt so much from the last final and gained a lot from it. It really boosted my confidence.
“I would love to go to next year’s final.”
The winner of the public vote will strut her stuff as Miss Sunderland at the Miss England final in Leicester in April.
Organisers of the Wearside pageant chose to change the format of this year’s contest because of the reorganisation of the Miss England final which has been brought forward due to the Olympics.
Tamzin Cummings was the most successful Miss Sunderland ever during her reign in 2010.
She came fourth in Miss England and went on to compete in World Miss University in South Korea.
The Sunderland University student said: “I’m good friends with Pip so it’s a funny situation, but it should be good fun.
“I’d never turn down a good opportunity and this is another chance to represent my city which I love doing.
“Competing in Miss England opened so many doors for me. I’ve had the chance to travel and I’ve met some great friends.”
Despite the head-to-head battle, a Miss Sunderland final will still take place as normal. The winner of that final, held at Rainton Meadows Arena on May 19, will compete as Miss Sunderland in Miss England 2013.
The final will have a Rio Carnival theme and will be raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Beauty with a Purpose.
Organiser Simon Robertson, of One Voice Productions, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to allow the people of Sunderland to decide who will represent the city. Both Pip and Tamzin brought something completely different to the title and represented Sunderland in their winning year with style, grace and passion.
“It certainly mixes things up and sets the Rio Carnival event up to be our biggest and boldest show yet.” Miss Sunderland is open to candidates aged 17-24 and heats will be held in the new year. Go to www.misssunderland.co.uk to enter and get details. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can call (0191) 487 6430.
HOW TO VOTE
Call 0901 307 0065 or Text SUNDERLAND then a space) THEIR NAME, eg “SUNDERLAND PIP” to 63333.
Please ensure that you have the permission of the bill payer before entering this service.
Calls cost 51p plus network extras. Texts cost 50p plus standard network charges.
The following amounts will be given to Beauty with a Purpose, registered charity number no 1142826 per network.
For phone calls 34p will be donated. For texts from Vodafone: 27p, O2: 25.5p, Tmobile: 25.5p, Orange: 26.5p, Three: 25p and Virgin: 17p.
Voting lines close at midnight on January 31.
Entries after the closing date will not be entered but may still be charged.
This service is provided by Miss Sunderland, Helpline 490 9200. For full service terms and conditions go to www.misssunderland.co.uk/vote
This vote is independent of the Sunderland Echo.