Who will be man enough?

Winner of Face of 2011, Michael Stubbs has won a place in Mr North East.

Winner of Face of 2011, Michael Stubbs has won a place in Mr North East.

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WANTED: Sunderland hunks to take part in a male beauty pageant.

For the first time, Wearside men are being given the chance to strut their stuff in a bid to be crowned Mr North East.

The competition final will take place on the same night as the Miss Sunderland final and has been organised by the team who brought the annual pageant for women back to life.

Our Face of 2011 winner Michael Stubbs, from High Barnes, has automatically won a place in the contest as part of his prize for our annual modelling contest.

He turns 17 next week, which will make him eligible to compete in Mr North East which organisers hope will emulate the success of female pageants.

Organiser Simon Robertson, from One Voice Productions, said: “We brought back Miss Sunderland a couple of years ago after an absence for a number of years which has proven a huge success.

“Initially we wanted to have a Mr Sunderland but we didn’t think there would be enough interest in the first year, so we made it appeal to a wider audience as Mr North East. The girls love the fashion, glitz and glam of Miss Sunderland and most guys would rather be down the pub, but this is a great opportunity for them.”

The winner of Mr North East will represent the region at the Mr England final, which runs on the same night as Miss England in July.

As well as winning a place at the Mr England finals, Mr North East will scoop a suit worth £2,000 from London suit designer Patrick Joseph, a modelling contract with Glam R Us models and will represent the region at promotional events.

Simon added: “We have already had some strong entries.

“We are looking for a man aged 17-27 with good ethics and a great personality to represent the region.”

The Mr North East final will take place at the same time as the Miss Sunderland final at Rainton Meadows Arena on May 20.

l To enter Mr North East log onto www.misssunderland.co.uk

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