By Miss Tees Valley Org, Sep 13 2017 08:58AM
Another fantastic year of the Miss Tees Valley competition is now over. The 2017 Live Grand Final, in association with the Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough, took place on September 1st in the stunning ballroom of The Swan Hotel, Billingham. 2017 was the year of "Miss Tees Valley Rocks" and what a fun night we had with the themeing! The finalists took to the stage in their black leathers to a mash-up of Queen - We Will Rock You and AC/DC - Back in Black and definitely brought the house down! Our brilliant photographer for the evening, Chris Hall at Click-a-pic photography was also on hand to take some brilliant shots of our guests with every rock themed prop we could lay our hands on!! Our special guest performer for the evening, Danielle Ripley also dazzled the audience, performing classics from Kings of Leon and Coldplay!
This year we raised over £11,250 for Zoes Place, Baby Hospice, Middlesbrough!!! Bringing the Miss Tees Valley competition's overall fundraising total to over £58,500 for Teesside based charities since 2012!!!! WOW! A huge thank you to everyone who helped raise such an incredible amount!!
Before crowning our new winner, we said an emotional goodbye to Miss Tees Valley 2016, Ellie Tyers. What a fanastic representative for the area and role model she has been throughout her reigning year! After some lovely speeches and gift exchange, Ellie took to the catwalk for her final walk as Miss Tees Valley! Ellie was also part of our judging panel, alongside other former Miss Tees Valley winners, Ailish Shaw and Rebecca Ridsdale, Zoes Place Community Fundraiser, Rachael Willmore and guest performer Danielle Ripley.
Congratulations to Mollie Kell, 17, from Stockton on Tees who was crowned Miss Tees Valley 2017. Mollie also won the Miss Catwalk for a Cause Award having single-handedly raised £3,820 for Zoes Place and the Miss Congeniality award, for being the most friendly contestant, as voted for by the other finalists! 1st Runner-Up was Amber Lockett and 2nd Runner-Up was Lydia Booth!
No matter the result, all of the finalists looked and performed absolutely incredibly and we are sad to say goodbye to the Miss Tees Valley Class of 2017! We hope we will see some of you, if not all, compete again in future!
Thank you to our other main sponsors The Dressworx and Flawless Photography Studio, as well as all of our finalist sponsors, who's support allow the competition to keep growning year on year! And a special thank you to Make-Up artist Chantelle McGrath, who works with us anually styling our finalists so that they are stage ready!
Stay tuned for the Miss Tees Valley 2018 theme to be announced soon!! The 2018 Live Grand Final will take place on Friday 31st August at The Swan Hotel Billingham!