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Issue:-17/18 February 2009
Miss England visits Southport!
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like to become Miss Southport? Would you like a chance at being Miss
England and going to Miss World? In the passed we have backed this
competition, as many of our
established readers would know, so when we got the call, we had to
go and see what was going on. Over the years the compaction
has gained a reputation of being no more than a glorified beauty
show, and many of us, including our selves turned our backs on it.
But last year things changed and a new face of Miss England emerged.
Following a two year break the regional heat of the nationwide
beauty and talent competition, which dates back to 1928, has
returned to the town.
Katrina Hodge is not only Miss
England, but also a full time serving member of the armed forces in
the Adjutant Generals Corps. In fact she is a Lance Corporal and has
fought in Iraq. This amazing young lady, who is only 23, also
received a bravery award for apprehending an enemy that put her and
her comrades at risk. This is a new image and one that Miss England
2009 is hoping will continue.
Taking unpaid time off from her army duties, she visited Southport
on 12 February 2010 and we met up with her at the Vincent Hotel on
Lord Street. “I am here to promote the Miss Southport leg of
the 2010 Miss England competition.” she told us as she sat
in a leather chair, in the Tony McGee Bar in the hotel. Relaxed and
very openly, before we started the audio recording, she told us all
about what she thinks Miss England is all about and how she got it.
“I was not expecting to become Miss England. I had come runner up in
the 2009 and it came a quite a shock to find out I was to become
Miss England. It happened whilst I was in my barracks. I received a
phone call from the organisers to say the winner had stepped down
and I was offered the Miss England 2009 title. Suddenly I found my
self jetting off to Miss World. It is amazing and it is like a
dream. I now have so many friends all around the world and I have
seen so many amazing things. I have learned all about the England
and seen places I would not have thought of going to in the past. I
am still a serving member of the Army though and my thoughts are
always with my fellow compatriots. I have not lost site of that. I
am keen to promote the Army through out my roll as Miss England and
I am extremely keen to raise cash for Hep the Heroes and other
charities connected with the armed forces. It is who I am and my
real life. In my view any female can be Miss England, you don’t have
to be amazingly stunning. I do not class my self as an outstanding
looking girl, like so many fashion models are. That is why I am
looking girls who have personality and want to promote England, by
upholding all that it stands for. They must be true and open about
them selves. Anyone can do it, as I have shown. When I start
judging, I want to see the real you, should you enter.” She told us.
Miss England 09, aka Katrina in our view has really opened up the
competition and shown it can be more than just about butie. She is a
warm and friendly girl and we wish her all the best for the future.
To hear the interview press play.
Also if you want to meet this young lady, then you can get the
chance by entering the Miss Southport 2010 competition as she will
be a judge! Contestants for Miss Southport just have until 26
February 2010, to enter via the Miss Southport website
misssouthport.co.uk. You can
also find out more about Miss England via:-
Contestants entering must be aged
between 17 and 24, and must never have been married or have
children. Successful entrants will be invited to take part in an X
Factor style panel interview at the Vincent Hotel. This year Miss
England aims to raise money for the Variety Club Children’s Charity
through contestant fundraising and activities. The winner of Miss
Southport 2010 will, amongst other prizes, win a place in the Miss
England semi-final where she will have a chance to go onto Miss
World 2010, in Vietnam, where the main prize is $100,000.
Anna Matthews, event manager at the Vincent Hotel, said:- “It
is great for Southport to have such an iconic competition, as Miss
England, returning to the town. Southport has produced five previous
Miss England winners but the last one was 12 years ago so it’s about
time we had another winner. We’re hoping as many local girls as
possible enter the competition so we can show the rest of the UK
that some of the hottest girls in the country come from Southport.”
Event Organiser Nadia Musa said:- “We haven’t had anyone
representing Southport in the Miss England final since 2007, so it’s
important that this year we have an ambassador to represent the
Good luck to all of you who enter this
years Miss Southport!
Extra Play.... Miss England Interview
played this interview on
Liverpool Reporter already, but if
you missed it then this is your chance to hear it, or if you heard
it, to play it again.
DID YOU KNOW? Southport has a strong track record in the Miss
England competition with five previous winners! Could you be the
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