COVENTRY will host this year’s Miss England Finals on June 24.
With the 2021 UK City of Culture programme being in full swing at that time, the organisers have chosen The Heart of England Conference and Events Centre for the prestigious event. It will be the first event held there after the lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Local student Kate Marie, 26, who is representing Coventry after winning a Virtual Wildcard heat on the Miss England App said: “I am really excited about the final of Miss England coming to my hometown of Coventry this year.
“It’s going to be an incredible year for Coventry as we have been awarded the City of Culture 2021.
“As we hold various events to celebrate our city, we will expect a major boost in tourism.
“I think this makes it perfect timing to host the Miss England contest, which celebrates achievements from women across the whole country.”
Kate is studying a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Harvard University Cambridge, and wants to get involved with International relations. When she graduates she wants to be a British Diplomat.
Owner of The Heart of England Stephen Hammon, who recently met Miss England when she visited the venue, said he was really excited the venue was hosting the event.
“We’re dedicated and passionate about events and are pulling out all the stops to add that sprinkling of magic and extra ‘wow’ factor to an already incredible event.”
The Miss England final had been planned three times previously twice in 2020 and more recently April 2021 at a Birmingham location. But due to the pandemic and more recently the venue announcing it was not opening until at least the autumn Angie decided it was best to move it.
The 40 Miss England Finalists have mostly been chosen virtually during lockdown with the exception of Miss Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire being chosen at the Drive Inside Theatre in May.
Organiser Angie Beasley from Leicester said “We wanted a venue centrally located for our contestants to travel to with in-house facilities such as stage sound and light.
“Heart of England certainly fits the bill.
“I can’t wait for our contestants to see the venue its perfect. Id love to hear from any local companies wanting to support the event as we are planning a sports round and talent round as part of the competition.
“The contestants are raising funds for Beauty with a Purpose , a charity owned by Miss World which helps disadvantaged children ”
The reigning Miss England – NHS Doctor Bhasha Mukherjee – has been the longest serving Miss England due to the pandemic.
Bhasha, who visited the venue recently between working at Royal Derby Hospital, said “The Heart of England is an ideal location to host the final and it’s such a glamorous venue with the beautiful star cloth and lighting in the main room.
“I’m so impressed with the spacious facilities, the girls will be easily able to socially distance backstage.
“I’m looking forward to crowning my successor there in June if all goes to plan.”
The venue is also hoping to host the Miss England Sports round outside in the beautiful grounds in early June but that will depend on the restriction easing continuing.
The winner of Miss England will go forward to the 70th Miss World final in Puerto Rico South America later this year with the chance of winning $100,000
Further information will soon be available about the Miss England Livestream events. For more information and ticket info visit www.missengland.info