Cleveland Centre visitors were distracted from their shopping when finalists for this year’s Miss Tees Valley competition gathered for the first time.
Twenty-two girls from Middlesbrough, Stockton, Ingleby Barwick, Billingham, Hartlepool, Thornaby, Bishop Auckland and Chester-le-Street will compete for the Miss Tees Valley crown, which is being sponsored by Cleveland Centre for a fourth successive year.
The Miss Tees Valley final will take place in the ballroom of The Swan Hotel in Billingham in September, with a musical theme of Miss Tees Valley Rocks.
Middlesbrough will be represented in this year’s final by 16-year-old student Chelsea Bloomfield, 19-year-old Teesside University student Jessica Bryant and claims processor Evie Drury Crockett, 22, together with the two oldest girls in the competition, 28-year-old admin assistant Claire Allport and 29-year-old sales assistant Vicky Hawkes.
Stockton’s representatives are 16-year-old schoolgirls Saira Khan, Kaycie Harrison, Lydia Booth, Caitlin MacGregor and Mollie Kell, full-time mum Terri O’Hagan, 26, 22-year-old admin assistant Stephanie McCarthy and 17-year-olds, student Rebecca Scarth and musical theatre teacher Amelia-Jade Wilde.
They are joined by Ingleby Barwick students Talialilly Good, 17, and Amber Lockett, 18, and Thornaby students Jennifer Ellis, 16, and Nikita Durham, 17, plus 17-year-old Billingham student Mary Johnson.
Also hoping to succeed 2016 winner, 17-year-old Ellie Tyers, of Hartlepool, are Hartlepool’s Shauna Taylor, an 18-year-old student, 26-year-old customer service assistant Michaela Storey, from Bishop Auckland, and 19-year-old full-time mum Natasha Johnson, from Chester-le-Street.
Cleveland Centre manager Graeme Skillen said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Miss Tees Valley once again. This isn’t so much a beauty contest but about finding a talented girl who can represent the Tees Valley as a true ambassador for the area.”
The 2015 Miss Tees Valley winner Rebecca Ridsdale, the 19-year-old Eston girl who went on to be crowned Top Model of England 2016, joined this year’s finalists at the Cleveland Centre photo shoot.
This year Miss Tees Valley finalists are raising funds for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Normanby, Middlesbrough, with £48,000 raised for local charities over the past four years.
September’s Grand Final will see the girls on the catwalk for rounds including rock ‘n’ roll, outfit of choice and evening wear.
The winner of Miss Tees Valley will qualify for the final of Supermodel England 2017, with prizes including an all-expenses-paid five-star trip to the Top Model of the World International Final.
They will also become the face of the Cleveland Centre, receive £500 to spend in the shopping centre’s stores, win a makeover and photography session from Flawless Photography Studios, and a £2,000 personalised portfolio website from Envied Events.