Sutton teacher Emma Wallace is crowned Miss Nottingham 2011

.Emma Wallace Miss Nottingham 2011

.Emma Wallace Miss Nottingham 2011

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A TRAINEE teacher from Sutton is celebrating being crowned Miss Nottingham after fighting off competition from more than 100 other hopefuls.

Former Ashfield School student Emma Wallace (23) was given the prestigious title at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground on 28th May.

Emma, who was competing against 15 other girls in the final, managed to wow the judging panel - which included last year’s Miss Nottingham and Miss England winner Jessica Linley.

After scooping the title, Emma said: “I was shocked. Jessica Linley crowned me and all my family were there - my sister was crying. It was amazing.”

During the evening, Emma - who is set to undertake teacher training at Lincoln University later this year - modelled clothes designed by fashion students at New College Nottingham, along with evening and clubwear.

The contestants, who were all bidding for the chance to represent Nottingham at various charity and civic events over the coming year, were also asked questions to assess their public speaking skills.

And not only was Emma crowned Miss Nottingham, she was also handed the title of Miss Charity because she raised the most for the competition’s chosen charity, the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

The win means that Emma will now get the chance to compete in this year’s Miss England competition, which will take place in Birmingham in July.

“I don’t think for one minute I’ll win - but it’s so exciting to go,” said Emma, who recently completed a degree in Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

During the year, Emma will also be raising funds for the Children’s Variety Club, which helps sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

Meanwhile, Emma has also paid tribute to her fellow competitors, saying that everyone got on well and became very close.

She added: “I was really pleased for the other girls because they did so well.

“We all got on so well - people think that in these competitions, the girls don’t get on.”

For more details on the Miss England competition, visit www.missengland.info.