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Miss Fylde Coast - Kerry Capoverde 1
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The hunt is back to find the Fylde’s most glamorous girls as the Miss England competition returns to the region.

After making it to the semi-final of Miss England 2010, organisers are hoping this year’s Miss Fylde Coast will go the extra mile to bring home the crown.

Current Miss Fylde Coast holder, Kerry Capoverde, is urging contestants to come forward.

“For any girl considering entering I would say 100 per cent go for it,” she said. “Becoming Miss Fylde Coast opened up many opportunities for me that would never have been available before the competition. It was such a fun competition and winning was simply a bonus.

“My advice to any future contestant would be to be yourself and show your personality. Do The Fylde proud.

“If I could do it all over again, I would.”

In a twist to this year’s application process, people are being urged to nominate someone they believe is the perfect ambassador for The Fylde.

Organiser Mark Jones said: “We always have a great response from the local heats, which is why this year is even more exciting.

“The next Miss England can often be hiding in the crowds, not even thinking of entering. It could be someone’s friend, daughter, grand-daughter or girlfriend. The nomination process, therefore, opens the competition up to a whole new group of contestants.”

For the first time, this year’s successful entrants will take part in a full live catwalk show and glamorous awards ceremony in May 2011.

Miss Fylde Coast will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the current Miss England Jessica Linley who wowed the judging panel by showing she was not just a pretty face.

The law student from Nottingham, who is also treasurer of the law society and finance officer for the Athletic Union, scooped the crown and represented England in Miss World in Sanya, China.

The title gives opportunity to girls from any background with little or no modelling experience.

The winner of Miss Fylde Coast 2011 will, amongst other prizes, win a place in the Miss England semi-final where she will have a chance to go onto Miss World 2011, where the main prize is $100,000.

They must be aged between 17 and 24, and must never have been married or have children. This year Miss England aims to raise money for the Variety Club Children’s Charity through contestant fund raising and activities.

n Contestants for Miss Fylde Coast have until February 28 to enter via the Miss Fylde Coast website on www.miss-fylde-coast.co.uk