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Mr and Miss England finals to take place at Torquay's Riviera International Conference Centre.

Mr and Miss England finals to take place at Torquay's Riviera International Conference Centre.

TORQUAY's Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC) is to host the finals of the Miss England beauty pageant 2013.

And for the first time, organisers will be looking to crown a Miss Torquay who will be able to enter the competition and run for the national title.

The Miss and Mr England event will take place at the (RICC) over five days in June and is expected to attract at least 600 people made up of competitors, their families, friends and supporters as well as competition sponsors and affiliated organisations.

A total of 72 contestants from all over the country will be in the resort and current Miss England Charlotte Holmes was in the Bay this week to have a preview of some of the sights starting out at Orestone Manor yesterday.

Angie Beasley, director of Miss England Limited, said: "I am delighted to bring the Miss and Mr England finals to the RICC and Torquay, a beautiful place for our wonderful finalists to visit. As a special thank you to the Torbay Tourism Association two female finalists from Devon are being invited to participate in the national final of Miss England. Miss Torquay will join Miss Devon in the final."

They will be trying to follow in the footsteps of Charlotte, 23, who won Miss Devon in 2012 and is now the reigning Miss England and finished eighth in Miss World.

Linda Hill, from Torbay Tourism Association, who worked with the organisers to help secure a venue and accommodation, said: "We are thrilled to be having a Miss England here for the first time. We are absolutely overwhelmed to think we will be showing the English Riviera off to the world and I hope lots of visitors will come down and see what a special and beautiful place it is, which will in turn bring more people on holiday here."

Nicky Harding, Manager of Conference Torquay, recently met with the facilitating team and said: "It is exciting to be welcoming an event of this nature to the RICC and to showcase our facilities, publicity such as this is priceless and we feel incredibly fortunate".

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