Worthing WOW festival Mr Darcy competition – who gets your vote?

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THE finalists in the search for a Mr Darcy to be part of a Worthing festival have been revealed.

The Worthing WOW (World Of Words) festival, from June 15-22, will celebrate books, film, theatre and the joy of words at 40 events around the town (see this week’s Worthing Herald for a full list of the events).

As part of WOW’s Jane Austen celebrations, organisers launched a search for a Mr Darcy to be part of the Breakfast with Mr Darcy event. The winner will join guests at the event, at Pizza Express, Worthing, on June 22, dressed in the costume of Mr Darcy as seen in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The breakfast runs from 10am until noon and includes a talk by an expert on Jane Austen’s time in Worthing.

The Mr Darcy entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of six. Judges have decided who their favourites are but Herald readers can also cast their votes before Monday, June 9. Simply email your favourite out of the six in the gallery above to mrdarcy@worthingwow.co.uk or Tweet your favourites to @worthingwow

The winner will be revealed in next week’s Herald (June 12).

The WOW Mr Darcy finalists are:

Paul Banner

Occupation: Motorbike expert

Look: Warm heart

Word from the nominator: Effortlessly charming, a great listener, always ready to help out those in need. He is the kindest handsomest gentleman in Worthing.

Alex Bailey

Occupation: Chief executive of Adur and Worthing councils

Look: Brighton trendy

Word from his nominator: Alex is a great guy; you know where you stand with him. He’d be a great Darcy as he’d look good in the outfit.

Edward Byron Romain

Occupation: Teacher in a Worthing School

Look: Saville Row

A word from his nominator: Edward is the perfect candidate to embody the romantic ideal that is Mr Darcy, having lived both the epitome of aristocratic delight and the heat of love’s passion.

Hugo Harding

Occupation: Marketing and techno whizz

Look: Outdoor pursuits

A word from his nominator: Hugo is a top guy and always up for a challenge. I think he’d see being Mr Darcy as an honour.

Simon Margoli

Age: 19th century

Occupation: Runs Ardington Hotel, Worthing

Look: Powerful businessman

A word from his nominator: Simon is a real gentleman; sophisticated, educated and witty. He’d be a great Darcy!

Luke Brice

Occupation: Gardener

Look: Ground Force meets James Bond

Word from his nominator: He bravely left his dream job as a Policeman to become a self employed gardener to have more family time. He is selfless and loving; he is my Mr. Darcy!




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