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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Carlisle beauty wins Miss Cumbria 2010 title

A Carlisle beauty is celebrating after scooping the Miss Cumbria crown in front of her delighted friends and family.

Teenager Kirsty Day, from Hayton, scooped the prize in style, raising £5,000 for the competition’s charity, The Variety Club, on her road to the crown.

The 18-year-old, who has modelled with TV star Carol Smillie for Edinburgh Woollen Mill, run by her father Philip Day, beat off competition from 16 other hopefuls in Saturday’s live final.

She swept the board as she picked up the awards for most popular contestant and biggest fundraiser before landing the top prize. And while other contestants took on charity walks and runs to raise their cash, Kirsty turned her hand to event organising.

She said: “I’ve always been interested in the modelling side of things and the whole family is into charities and I though the charity for Miss Cumbria was a really good one.

“To raise money I put on a rugby dinner in Langholm and I had a corporate tent and a charity box for people to put money in and I also held a clay pigeon shooting day for any shooting teams that wanted to enter.

“It was really stressful making sure everything ran on time but I had a lot of people who knew what they were doing.”

In total this year’s contestants raised £8,500 for charity, meaning Kirsty raised over half the final amount. But she admits she was nervous as the girls took to the catwalk at the University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road campus, in Carlisle.

“I was really nervous at first, I had the worst butterflies ever,” said Kirsty, who hopes to begin a nursing degree at the University of Cumbria in September.

“In between walks I got really nervous but when I went out it was fine. All the walks had different themes, I wore a tennis outfit for sportswear, a summer dress for summerwear and then there was a ‘black and bling’ round and then evening wear. I enjoyed all of it and I had all my friends and family there so it was amazing.”

And Kirsty, who has recently completed her studies at Carlisle College, now has her sights firmly set on doing her county proud at the Miss England finals in September.

She said: “I’m really nervous about it – I’m going to be up against really tough competition. But I’m really proud to be representing Cumbria.”

Cockermouth prison custody officer Claire Beeby, 23, came fourth while 20-year-old Sarah Goulding, also from Cockermouth, took third place.

The runner-up was 19 year-old Abbie Steele, from Kirkby Stephen.

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