COULD Miss Sunderland be England’s rose?
Dance student Hannah Rose, 22, from Doxford Park, is preparing to fly the flag for Sunderland at England’s biggest beauty pageant.
It’s on a bigger scale and a lot more hard work. But I have four months to prepare and I’m so excited.Hannah Rose, Miss Sunderland
The Sunderland University student was presented with the Miss Sunderland crown at a glittering ceremony at the Best Western Roker Hotel, and now has four months to prepare for the Miss England final.
Hannah said: “Winning Miss Sunderland was absolutely amazing. I’m still on a high.
“We all arrived at the venue early in the morning and there was a lot of practising, but on the night I loved every single minute of it.
“My family and friends are so proud and I’ve had a lot of support from people.
“Shops in Blandford Street have been particularly supportive of my charity work and donated food for my charity night, so to go back and tell them I won has been lovely.”
In September, Hannah will compete against beauty queens from across the country in a bid to be crowned Miss England.
She said: “I’m really nervous about it, as it’s on a bigger scale and a lot more hard work.
“But I have four months to prepare and I’m so excited.”
Hannah also won the Miss Eco title on the night, after designing an eco-friendly dress inspired by a day at the races.
Contest organiser Jodie Breeds, who runs 24 Carat Hair and Beauty in Grangetown, said: “Hannah shone through because of the effort she put in for each round.
“I think she has a great chance at Miss England. She already has a brilliant head start with her charity work as she’s raised £3,000 for the Miss England charity, Beauty with a Purpose.”
First runner-up on the night was Hollie Lancaster, from Sunderland, with Jennifer Wilson named as second runner-up.
The Miss Sunderland final ran alongside the Mr North East final.
The men’s title was awarded to Nathan Briggs, from Teesside, who will compete at Mr England later in the year.
The judging panel on the night consisted of Matthew Steventon from Great Lengths, Louise Jenkins from I.C.O.N, Angie Beasley from Miss England, John Lee Lydon from CrossFit Tailored Training, Nicola Fisher from Matis and former Miss England Kirsty Heslewood.