Georgia Blades-Richardson was named Miss Genting Sheffield 2017
Georgia Blades-Richardson was named Miss Genting Sheffield 2017

A beauty queen from Collingham will be competing in the finals of Miss England, which get under way today.

Georgia Blades-Richardson, 18, a hairdresser in Newark, also qualified for last year’s finals after being crowned Miss Newark.

This year she will be at the competition after winning the new title, Miss Genting Sheffield.

Georgia said she was overwhelmed to win the title as her nan, who was her number one fan, died a week before the contest.

“I feel like I have made her proud,” Georgia said.

The final will include a new round, Miss Beautiful Hair, for which Georgia has prepared a video showing her doing her hair.

She has also been busy raising money for charity, with events including a skydive and a teddy bears’ picnic at Kelham Hall at the weekend.

'I would love to make England proud'

The Miss England final will last for three days. The first day will give the contestants the chance to register and take part in a rehearsal.

Tomorrow will be the sports round and the eco night. The grand final will be on Saturday.

Georgia’s boyfriend and family will be supporting her.

“It will help that I took part last year as I will know what to expect a bit more,” she said.

Georgia said it would mean the world to her if she won and she planned to put her heart and soul into the contest.

“The winner competes in Miss World, which is being held in China, which would be an amazing experience,” she said.

“I would love to make England proud.”