RAISING awareness of the village and its regeneration was one of the things that inspired Lancing’s new Miss Sussex to enter the competition.
Alyse Spratt, of Brighton Road, Lancing, said giving back to the community and promoting Lancing were among the main reasons she chose to enter the Miss Sussex competition.
But the 23-year-old admitted winning the competition, which was held in Brighton on March 28, had been an “overwhelming” experience.
“It was overwhelming. I’m so proud to be selected to represent my county.
“I’ve been on a bit of a whirlwind ever since,” she said.
Alyse said she had in part been inspired to enter the competition, and give back to the community, because of her grandfather, Albert Horne, who had been president of the Lancing branch of the Royal British Legion, before he died in November last year.
Alyse moved to Lancing within the last six months after previously living in Hove.
She said: “I’ve recently moved to Lancing and have got behind the regeneration of Lancing.
“I want to raise the profile for that as I go along.”
Alyse beat six women to claim the title of Miss Sussex, after she and her rivals were earlier selected at a pageant day held in London in March.
She will next vie for the title of Miss England on June 26 at The Arena, in Leicester, when she competes against 64 other women, who will each be representing different counties across the country.
And if she manages to be successful in that competition, Alyse would next be catapulted into the dizzy heights of the Miss World competition.
In the meantime, Alyse, who is sponsored by The Body Loft, in East Street, Shoreham, will be raising money for the charity Beauty With a Purpose.
This year, the charity is raising funds for a school in London which helps autistic children.
On her prospects for becoming the next Miss England, Alyse said she was “more optimistic than nervous”.
She added: “I feel positive about it all. Even if I don’t get through, it’s not just about the beauty side of things – it’s about the whole package.
“If I don’t get through, I’m still privileged to be crowned Miss Sussex, because I really love Sussex.”
To visit Alyse’s website, go to www.misssussex.co.uk