National finals are a teen come true!

A TEENAGER who has won through to the national final of the Miss Teen Great Britain Contest is hoping to match her mother's success.

Charlotte Hawthorne, 13, of Carlton Colville, has already beaten hundreds of teenagers across the country to make it to the final in Blackpool in September when she will be competing as Miss Teen Lowestoft.

It is a remarkable achievement for Charlotte, who will be one of the youngest competitors in the contest, but she will be gaining inspiration from her mother's success in 1999.

Mum Tracey Bullard was chosen as Miss Lowestoft that year and represented the town in a number of events over the Millenium.

'Charlotte has done extremely well to get so far in what is a national competiton.

'We are all so proud of her,' said Tracey.

Charlotte is a pupil at Hobart High School, Loddon, and is a keen dancer and attends classes in both Lowestoft and London.

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'I am a little nervous but also very excited about the competition and meeting all the other girls,' she said.

Charlotte also wanted to thank everyone who has supported her including sponsors Paul Peek Photography, Mayfield and Hammersley builders, Carlton Hall Residential Home, pilates instructor Helen Pybus and the Venue of Performing Arts.

The final is being held at Blackpool's Globe Theatre, on September 25.

Tracey hopes Charlotte will have a lot of fun and enjoy the competition as she has fond memories of her own success.

'It was lovely being Miss Lowestoft and representing the town at a number of occasions.

'I was a special guest at the air show and also led the carnival procession,' she said.

'I had such a great time and I hope that Charlotte will also have some lovely memories of making it to a national final,' said Tracey.

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