A MOTHER of two is a finalist in a beauty pageant and hopes to inspire other women her age to follow their dreams.

Kirsty Fletcher, 51, who lives in Blackwater near Sandhurst, will be competing in the Miss Great Britain competition next year having been selected as a finalist in the 'classic division'.

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She explained the pageant recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and is the longest running pageant in Great Britain.

In 2021, the pageant will host its first 'classic division' competition aimed at women aged 40 plus.

Kirsty said: "I think I have got lots to bring to the table.

"I’m all about empowering other women.”

She added: “I feel strongly about demonstrating to other women my age that you can still follow your dreams.”

Kirsty entered her first beauty pageant when she was 44 years old having been encouraged by her daughter Daisy who had won various titles herself.

She decided to enter the 'Mrs' division of the UK Galaxy Pageant and won it.

She then flew to America with her daughter who had also won a title where they competed in an international competition together.

She said it was "fantastic" and described it as "one of the best experiences of my life".

As part of the Miss Great Britain contest, contestants will be raising money for two chosen charities.

These are Cancer Research UK and Alex's Wish which raises funds for treatment for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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Kirsty owns her own beauty boutique called Spa Angels and will be holding charity events to raise money once her business reopens following lockdown.

Speaking about the upcoming competition, she said: "It’s just nice to get out there and represent the fifties and over."

The date for the competition is not yet known but it is expected in the second half of next year.