AT last the wait is over. We are delighted to announce the winners of The Face of 2011 competition, run in association with the Houndshill Shopping Centre.
Gina Carpenito, 16, from Poulton, and Tyler Atack, 17, from Blackpool, were crowned the winners at a Grand Final held at the Houndshill Shopping Centre.
Ten lucky finalists, selected by Gazette readers, all strutted their stuff in front of an excited audience of family and friends, plus our panel of judges, in an attempt to walk away with the title.
Up for grabs was a share of £500 worth of shopping vouchers from sponsor, the Houndshill Shopping Centre.
The judging panel comprised John Holt, general manager of the Houndshill, Jade Slusarczyk, local model and former winner of The Face, and The Gazette entertainments editor, Robin Duke.
While the judges deliberated their decision, Debenhams showcased their latest fashions with a stunning catwalk show.
Mr Holt said, ‘It was such a difficult task as all the boys and girls had great looks, personality and style.
“But in the end, Gina and Tyler had that extra sparkle. Congratulations!’
The other finalists were Sophie Jarvis, 19, from Blackpool and Tara Nicole McKenzie, 19, from St Annes; Laura Martin-Brooks, 16, from Cleveleys; Jade Taylor, 18, from Normoss; Alex Annand, 17, from Blackpool; Matthew Jones, 17, from Normoss; Kieran Whelan, 18, from Blackpool and Zack McGuirk, 24, also from Blackpool.