Beauty queen hopes to copy Pompey's glory

We've already won the FA Cup, so how about bringing the Miss England crown home to Portsmouth?

That's the dream of Miss Portsmouth, Sarah Archer, who's got her sights firmly set on winning the prestigious beauty pageant later this month.

The stunning 17-year-old was thrilled when she was crowned Miss Portsmouth in June and today appeals for the city to get behind her as she faces a public vote.

Sarah from Eastney, Portsmouth, is one of 50 girls from around the country competing in the Miss England final on Friday July 18.

But only 20 girls can be selected to appear before the judging panel and a public poll has been launched to find the nation's favourite.

The three girls who score top in the vote will be fast-tracked to the last stage of the contest and Sarah, who attends Portsmouth College, hopes to be one of them.

The teenager, who dreams of becoming a doctor, says: 'I think winning Miss England would be a very good thing for Portsmouth. It would be awesome if people voted for me.

'We won the FA Cup so it would be really great if Miss Portsmouth could become Miss England as well.

'I believe that I can make a difference. I can use my beauty for many things, not just modelling. I just want to help people and being Miss Portsmouth helps me do that.'

Sarah will hold the Miss Portsmouth title for a year and has already started making plans to help others.

She's organised her own charity night, which will take place at David Lloyd Leisure in Port Solent, and funds raised from the July 12 event will go to the Institute of Cancer.

The Miss England final will happen six days later at the Troxy, in Docklands, London.

Hollyoaks and Dancing on Ice star Chris Fountain will be among the judges and the girl chosen to be Miss England will go on to represent the country in the Miss World contest.