Beauty queens Charlotte Tyres and Kelsey Saxton aim to represent Rutland at national level

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BEAUTY queens have been strutting their stuff to represent their county at national level.

Charlotte Tyers, 24, was awarded Miss Charity in the 2012 Miss Rutland ceremony on Saturday.

The merchandising assistant at Sycamore Harley Davidson in North Street East, Uppingham, was named Miss Charity at the contest after she raised £332 for Ronald McDonald House, which supports terminally ill children.

Despite missing out on the Miss Rutland title, Charlotte was delighted to have been given the Miss Charity title.

She said: “It was a very good experience as I hadn’t been in anything like that before.

“I’m going to carry on with my charity work because I really enjoy doing it.

“Thank you to everyone who supported me and helped with my fundraising events.”

Charlotte held a cake sale and a car wash.

Her friend Ben Golder dyed his hair and Matt Milani had his chest waxed by The Nail Bar in Uppingham to boost her funds.

Teen beauty queen Kelsey Saxton, 14, of Newtown Crescent, Uppingham, has been named as the Rutland winner in the Miss Spirit of True Beauty pageant.

The Uppingham Community College pupil will now compete for the national title in May.

Her mother Bev said: “To represent the county is such a brilliant opportunity for Kelsey.

“We have been sorting her dresses for each of the categories out and she’s really excited although a bit nervous.”

There are three rounds to the competition which is open to girls aged eight to 29.

The first is a jeans and t-shirt, the second is a cocktail dress and the third is an evening dress round.

Before the pageant Kelsey is going to focus on raising money for the nominated charity The Eve Appeal which researches gynaecological cancers.

Katie Marshall, 11, of Hall Gardens. Uppingham, narrowly missed out on auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent by losing the public vote.

Her mother Sarah said: “You always prepare yourself to be disappointed and this was such an amazing opportunity.

“And as one door closes another one opens.”

On the same day she found out she had not made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent auditions, Katie was told she was the regional winner of The Next Brit Thing and has been entered into the national final in London on March 5.