Leicester Mercury

Tia finally gets to contest title


- By TOM MACK thomas.mack@reachplc.com @T0Mmack

AFTER three cancellati­ons due to coronaviru­s, the Miss England contest looks set to finally happen – and Miss Leicesters­hire cannot wait.

Tia Carter was crowned Miss Leicesters­hire 2020 in a virtual ceremony after the March 27 final had to be cancelled because of lockdown.

She was handed her title in her back garden by her sister Sapphire, who was Miss Leicesters­hire 2017.

Tia was supposed to hold the title until this month and was due to take her place along the other contestant­s in the Miss England 2020 final late last year.

The renamed Miss England 2021 will now finally go ahead in Coventry on June 24.

Tia, 19, said: “My year as Miss Leicesters­hire has been a lot less busy that it would have been without lockdown. I’ve been doing things online instead, which is a bit harder.

“Getting people to donate is a lot harder when you contact them online.

“Obviously, everyone’s a bit wary about scams. I had wanted to do so many events with charities.

“But I’m really excited Miss England will be a live event. It’s a big venue and tickets are very limited, to keep it safe.

“It’s been odd not having got to know the contestant­s either but I’m glad things are getting going again.”

Tia, who lives in Leicester, had been supposed to start an engineerin­g apprentice­ship just as coronaviru­s hit.

She is looking to get back into education in September, possibly by studying electrical engineerin­g.

At the final in June, Tia will be speaking about single-use plastics and their effect on the environmen­t.

She said: “I’m part of the World Against Single Use Plastics team in Leicesters­hire and we have adopted part of the River Soar to keep clean and hopefully create a small community garden space as well.”

Tia is one of 40 finalists. The winner will enter the 70th Miss World contest in Puerto Rico later this year, where the top prize is $100,000.

Miss England organiser Angie Beasley, who lives in Leicester, said: “Even during 2020 when in lockdown the contestant­s managed to raise over £50,000 for charities – these girls are incredible.”

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MISS LEICESTERS­HIRE: Tia Carter was crowned by her sister Sapphine

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