YOUNG women brought a touch of glamour to Whitley Bay as they battled it out for the title of ‘Miss Whitley Bay’.
Organised by model agency Tyne Tees Models, the event aimed to find the face for the town and a chance to represent Whitley Bay in the forthcoming ‘Miss Newcastle’ competition.
Spectators at the event – held at the Deep nightclub in South Parade – watched on as the entries took to the stage for the evening wear round before returning for the swimsuit round.
And the winner was 17-year-old Tamlyn Smith, from Newcastle, who narrowly took the title ahead of Monkseaton’s Michelle Storey, 21. Sara Reynolds, 17, from North Shields, and Hayley Gullon, 20, from Newcastle, were placed joint third by the judges.
Tamlyn, who listed horse riding and equestrianism among her hobbies, is delighted to be ‘Miss Whitley Bay’ and is looking forward to representing the town at ‘Miss Newcastle’ where the winner will land a place in ‘Miss England’.
The aspiring model said: “To win is brilliant, I’m very pleased.
“I was really excited taking part but nervous as well. There were lots of beautiful girls taking part so I didn’t know who’d win.
“It’s the first time I’ve done this, I thought it would be a fun night out but I didn’t expect to win.
“I’d love to win Miss Newcastle then go onto Miss England, but that is going to be a bigger event.”
In her role as ‘Miss Whitley Bay’, Tamlyn will help Tyne Tees Models promote their charity work alongside the Sunshine Fund and could be used in promotional work for the town.
Organisers are now hoping the event can become a regular fixture on the calendar.