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The new Miss Lincolnshire is due to be unmasked this weekend Posted On 19 February 2021

A new Miss Lincolnshire will be revealed on Zoom this weekend, before she then goes on to take part in the Miss England contest

 

1981 saw the first ever Miss Lincolnshire contest. 40 years later and it’s being organised by the same individual who hosted the 1981 final at the Lincolnshire show ground – former DJ, Phil Green. In keeping with nostalgia and recognition of this special forty year anniversary, the winner of the first Miss Lincolnshire contest in 1981 is featuring as a judge in this year’s competition – Angie Beasley (née Chapman). Beasley is also now the director of the Miss England contest.

Beasley has said: “The contest has changed a lot since I won 40 years ago… all I did was turn up at the contest with a swimsuit and a pair of stilettos in a vanity case! I won £25 and I was so proud as it was the first contest I won aged just 17! As Phil announced the contestants we paraded in swimwear on the stage and it was held in the middle of the Lincolnshire Home & Leisure exhibition in front of an audience attending the Lincolnshire show ground.

“For Miss England we don’t parade the contestants in swimwear anymore. Nowadays we encourage contestants to raise funds for ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ and/or show off their talent as part of the contest – proving they are much more than just a pretty face.”

This year, moving with the times, the contestants for the Miss Lincolnshire contest have prepared videos of themselves, using their mobile phones, providing spoken monologues and each executing a catwalk. Social media is also understandably playing a big role forty years on, being used now as a way to campaign for votes. Some of the contestants have also raised funds for certain charity organisations, something which the Miss England app has helped significantly with.

The judges involved in this year’s Miss Lincolnshire contest include current Miss Lincolnshire Ella Grace Bailey, Miss UK 1999 Nicola Willoughby (currently a Health Care Assistant dealing with Covid and post-Covid patients and respiratory-related illnesses in Lincolnshire), and the reigning Miss England NHS Doctor Bhasha Mukherjee, who started work at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston within hours of winning the Miss England title in August 2019.

At 12:30pm on Saturday (20th Feb), the entire competition will be held online via Zoom, with the congregation of the judges and contestants alike.

Phil Green, the organizer of the event, has said: “We were hoping to hold the final as a glamorous live event at the Hilton in Lincoln, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the whole thing was postponed twice! But the show must go on. The winner will be announced on social media on Saturday who will received a special delivery from ‘Flowers By Simone’ of Lincoln, the winning tiara, and the Miss Lincolnshire sash!”

Nicola Willoughby said: “I am looking forward to judging, I can now see from the other side of the competition. I want to put the girls at ease and tell them to enjoy it! It’s definitely changed since I entered. The values are the same – Beauty With A Purpose – but it’s certainly more in keeping with the times. The modelling and pageant world is very competitive, and it’s about finding your own and owning it.”

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