Tia finally gets to contest title
MUCH-DELAYED MISS ENGLAND EVENT DATE SET
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.”