Teenage beauty crowned Miss Sunderland

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LOVELY Rebecca Mason will fly the flag for the city after bringing home the Miss Sunderland crown.

The 19-year-old, from High Grindon, was awarded the title after a hotly-fought contest at Rainton Meadows Arena.

As well as taking part in various charity and fashion events as part of her new role, she will strut her stuff for Sunderland in next year’s Miss England contest.

Rebecca, who runs her own clothing business Her Majesty’s Vintage Clothing, said: “It just didn’t feel real when they called my name as the winner. It still hasn’t sunk in.

“I’ve never done anything like this before but I was scouted in The Bridges for the contest so thought I would give it a go.”

She added: “The final was so much fun, I was very nervous but I met some lovely people. I’m really looking forward to Miss England next year.

“I’m glad I have a whole year to prepare for it.”

Judges on the night included Mr England Roland Johnson, director of Miss England Angie Beasley and outgoing Miss Sunderland Philippa Attle.

Miss Sunderland organiser Simon Robertson said: “All the girls were stunning and had great personalities, but Rebecca has something individual, she has something extra special.

“It was an amazing night and was definitely our best Miss Sunderland contest yet.

“The standard was so high and the atmosphere was electric.”

As well as gaining entry to Miss England, former Sandhill View School pupil Rebecca has won hairstyling with Reds, a portfolio with David Lawson Photography and she will be the face of Olivers Dental.

Runners-up were Kerry Lovely, 21, and Fiona Linsley, 21.

The night also featured the Mr North East contest which was won by Robbie Scorer from Gateshead.

The 18-year-old will compete on behalf of the region at next year’s Mr England contest.

This year’s Miss England contest will take place on June 25 and 26 in Leicester.

Sunderland University student Tamzin Cummings, 21, from Ashbrooke, will compete as Miss Sunderland 2012 after winning a people’s choice vote.

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