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Qualified mechanic urges Northamptonshire public to get behind her Miss England dream

A qualified mechanic from Kettering is asking for her local community to get behind her bid to reach the Miss England semi-finals.

18-year-old Coralie Pearce is competing against 20 other contestants in her heat, with at least one person eventually going through to the latter stages of the competition in June next year.

Public voting will close on October 16 at midday, and Coralie will now spend the next few weeks promoting herself to try and ramp up support.

Coralie qualified as a mechanic last year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Although she admits she would ultimately love to go as far as she can in the beauty contest, Coralie says that she's far more concerned with challenging stereotypes and reminding other teenagers that life is about more than just looks.

"If somebody tells you that you shouldn't do something, whether that's because of your age, your gender, or what it is - I believe that you should really go for it," she told ITV News Anglia.

"You should really follow your dreams, because you can do it.

"There's such a stereotype around females working in what is thought to be a male-orientated career.

"I think there's such a stereotype around females doing that and I think it's great to be able to show that females can work within a garage or within motorsport and they are capable of doing it - just as any male would be."

Coralie will now be targeting votes to reach the next stage of the competition. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Those taking part are encouraged to raise money for charity as part of their campaign, while the eventual winner will earn thousands of pounds worth of prizes.

"It's so much more than how you look, there are so many different aspects to it," she said.

"The work they do for charity is one of the main things that drew me to enter the competition, as I've always been a part of charity work my entire life."