Peterborough women lining up to claim Miss Cambridgeshire crown

Miss Cambridge entrant  Ingrid De Silva from Eastfield. EMN-150121-172526009

Miss Cambridge entrant Ingrid De Silva from Eastfield. EMN-150121-172526009

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Young women in Peterborough are preparing for a night of glamour as they battle it out to be Miss Cambridgeshire 2015.

The awards on Sunday, 15 February at the Anstey Hall in Cambridge will see 31 contestants seek to wow the judges and take the crown in front of friends and family.

Emma Mitchell. Photo supplied

Emma Mitchell. Photo supplied

The competition is a chance for the women to impress on the catwalk but also show off their creative sides and wider knowledge.

And the entrants have glamorous shoes to fill as last year’s winner, Carina Tyrrell, also became Miss England.

One of the Peterborough contestants is city centre based Ingrid Silva.

The 21-year-old art and design student at Peterborough Regional College believes the competition gives young women a chance to express themselves.

“I’ve never had the confidence to do this before, but I love doing new things and this looks like fun,” she said.

“The media portray it as superficial but there’s a lot more to it. It fits different types of girls.

“I’m really excited. I was quite doubtful at first but mum said I could do it which has given me motivation.

“I’m looking forward to wearing a big gown and dresses. It’s not everyday you get to do that.”

The competition is played out over seven rounds. The contestants have to wear a black dress, an evening gown and an eco-dress which must be made from recycled material.

There is a quiz on the night and a popularity vote with details on the Miss England website.

Before the event, there is also a social media round to see who can get the most likes of their photos on Facebook.

The final round is a charity event to raise money for the organisers’ ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ charity which aims to help disadvantaged children.

Ingrid will compete against 21-year-old Emma Mitchell (pictured above, left) who lives in Ramsey St Mary’s.

Emma is an after-school club worker at Hampton Hargate Primary School, where she used to be a pupil, and a nursery assistant at Brightfields Pre-School in Farcet.

She is also studying part-time at City College Peterborough as she works towards becoming a children’s counsellor.

Emma is looking forward to getting dressed up on the day but also feels she will do well at the quiz.

She said: “When I told people I was doing this nobody could believe it. I kept it a secret for a while as I did not know what to say.

“I’m not worried about winning, I will just love to say I’ve done it. I would never have done this if asked five years ago.”

“But if I do win, I would like to go round schools and talk to children about appearances.

“I hear children say, ‘I’m a bit bigger than the others’ which is a bit upsetting.”

More about Miss Cambridgeshire 2015 at www.missengland.info