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Jodie Whitehead from Manthorpe and a Ritz Hotel pastry chef in London is a Miss England Finalist 2019

A former New College Stamford student-turned Ritz Hotel pastry chef is in the running to be crowned Miss England.

Jodie Whitehead, 19, from Manthorpe, will be taking part in the the Miss England Final in Newcastle for the first time on July 31 and August 1.

She qualified from the Miss East Midlands semi final in Leicester.

Jodie Whitehead who is vying to be crowned Miss England(13543894)
Jodie Whitehead who is vying to be crowned Miss England(13543894)

Jodie said: “I was emotional and cried a bit when I made it through.

“They were last to call me so I thought I hadn’t made it.”

Jodie will be competing against about 50 other women in a number of rounds including hair, sport and a quiz, after about 20,000 had entered the competition.

She said: “It should be good but there’s a lot to prepare for.

“I’m hoping to make the top 20 but it will be tough because a lot of the girls have competed three or four times previously.

“There are a lot of rounds including fundraising and there’s also a talent round.

“I’ll be playing the saxophone in that which I first started in year five.

“There’s also a Miss Eco round.

“In the semi final, I wore an underskirt made from pop-up greenhouse, bin bags, newspaper and a dress I got from a carboot sale.

“It didn’t cost me much and is 100 per cent recyclable so I’ll be wearing it in the final.”

So far, Jodie has raised about £400 for charity, including the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group and also the Sunshine Fund through a car boot, wheelbarrow competition in Manthorpe and selling teas on the village green.

To vote for Jodie, text missengland28 to 63333.

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