Sunderland lass Claire wins ugly to be crowned queen of gurners

Claire Moffatt, 24, from Sunderland, is 'shocked and honoured' after being crowned the ugliest woman in the world, when she won the 'Queen of the Gurners' award at the Egremont Crab Fair.

Claire Moffatt, 24, from Sunderland, is 'shocked and honoured' after being crowned the ugliest woman in the world, when she won the 'Queen of the Gurners' award at the Egremont Crab Fair.

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CLAIRE Moffatt is officially the ugliest woman in the world after being crowned Queen of gurners – despite being a pretty 24-year-old.

The Sunderland lass contorted her face into the most hideous expressions she could muster, to scoop the title at the famous Egremont Crab Fair.

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But the community support officer said she was “shocked and honoured” to be named the ugliest on the planet, ahead of older and less attractive lasses.

“My technique is to stick my tongue into cheek and screw up my eyes,” she said.

“I didn’t think I was going to win. Usually, it is the older women that triumph.

“I thought they would have a better chance than me.

“The best don’t have any teeth, but I still have all of mine.

“I’m very proud, and so are my family.”

Claire is very different from last year’s champion - veteran gurner Anne Woods.

The toothless 62-year-old had won the world-title 27-times but she didn’t take part this year.

In 2010 she collapsed moments after scooping the title and had to be rushed to hospital.

Claire, who is getting married to 26-year-old Wearsider Paul Armstrong next year, says her fiancé jokes he is marrying the ugliest woman in the world.

“Paul finds the whole thing very strange,” she said.

“All this is very odd to him, he had never heard of the Crab Fair before we met.”

Claire first took part in the competition in 2008 and then again in 2009.

Both times she was placed in third position after being egged on by her brothers.

The Fair, held every year in Egremont, Cumbria, dates back to 1267 and attracts hundreds of visitors.

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