A model will represent the city at one of the country’s biggest beauty pageants after being crowned Miss Sunderland GB.
Judges including X Factor finalist Chico chose Lucy Hough, 24, from Gateshead, as the title winner after she competed against finalists at a Moulin Rouge-themed final at Ramside Hall Hotel.
Lucy said: “I’m so honoured to have been involved in such a special event. The moment my name was read out on the night by the presenters I was overcome with so many emotions: crying, smiling, laughing, it still hasn’t sunk in.
“Winning Miss Sunderland GB is incredible, I am completely overwhelmed. I have loved every part of being a finalist in Miss North East and I am so excited to be representing my city at Miss Great Britain.”
The final was held alongside a Miss Newcastle contest, which was attended by around 200 people who watched a performance by Chico, as well as rounds including Moulin Rouge, swimwear and formal wear.
The judging panel also included Capital Radio Breakfast Presenters Bodge and Matt, Mel Donoghue site President of Barclays Sunderland, Dawn Carney of DC Couture of Yarm, fashion blogger Pixie Tenenbaum and Miss Sunderland 2015, Sarah Douglas.
Organised by Headline Models and Butterwick Hospice, the event raised £5,000 for Capital FM’s Global’s Make Some Noise charity.
Event co-organiser and director of Headline Models, Simon Robertson, said “I am delighted and thrilled for Lucy. She showed the complete package, inner and outer beauty and great personality. The standard was so high and I would like to congratulate all our finalists for taking part in Miss North East GB 2016 this year”
Lucy will represent Sunderland at the Miss Great Britain final in September in Leicester. She has also won a modelling contract with Headline Models, as well becoming ambassador for media partners Capital FM’s charity Global’s Make Some Noise and a full model portfolio with Carro Studio.
Winner - Miss Sunderland GB 2016
Lucy Hough - 24, Gateshead
2nd place - Bethany Ball - 24, Cleadon
3rd place - Leanne Hutcheon - 24, Ryhope
Miss Charity - Leanne Hutcheon - 24, Ryhope
Miss Photogenic - Leanne Hutcheon - 24 Ryhope