From battered cod to beauty queen – Sunderland chip shop heiress hopes for glory in contest

Chip shop to catwalk... Miss Tees Valley contender Brooke Ford at her parent's chip shop in West Rainton.
Chip shop to catwalk... Miss Tees Valley contender Brooke Ford at her parent's chip shop in West Rainton.
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A WEARSIDE woman will be fishing for compliments in a regional beauty parade this weekend.

Brooke Redford, who serves up tasty dishes behind the counter of her parents’ fish and chip shop, is aiming to batter the competition in the Miss Tees Valley final on Saturday.

The 24-year-old is hoping to find the ingredients for success after previously making the final of the Miss Sunderland competition.

Brooke will be swapping shifts at Redz fish and chip bar to dress to impress against 26 other contenders.

The finalists were whittled down from a lengthy application list of more than 200.

Brooke, from Rockingham Drive, Washington, said: “I heard about the competition on the internet and decided to apply.

“There were more than 200 applicants, which has been narrowed down to 27.

“I feel really happy to have made the final.

“There will be judges on the night who will decide who wins.

“I am nervous, but really looking forward to it.”

As well as a traditional evening gown finale, the competition will give the girls a chance to be creative and try on their own designs for size.

The Go Green Eco Fashion round will see the glamorous girls sport dresses made by their own fair hands – from only recycled materials.

Brooke added: “The dress must be made out of recycled material.

“It is a chance to get creative and I have enjoyed doing it.”

Brooke says she would be delighted to earn the crown of Miss Tees Valley 2015 on Saturday.

She added: “I would be over the moon if I won.

“It would be a great experience and is a chance to represent and work in the community.

“I really can’t wait for the evening.”

Brooke is also keen to be an ambassador for charity if she earns top spot.

She added: “It is great to be able to help raise money for charity.

“This year’s event is raising funds for Butterwick Hospice.”

Brooke has already set up her own fund-raising page to further boost the coffers of the hospice, which supports people of all ages with life-limiting illnesses.

You can donate to Brooke’s fund-raising page by logging onto
The Miss Tees Valley final takes place at the Swan Hotel, in Billingham.