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Stage set for return of Miss Isle of Man

Trene Kinrade

Fund raising triumph by contestants

Final preparations are being made for the return of a traditional Island event with a new twist tomorrow (5 Aug).

After four months of build-up, Miss Isle of Man will be staged at the Villa Marina - the contest's first revival since 1999.

Now more about fund-raising and community involvement than a beauty pageant, 12 finalists will bid for the crown in front of a panel of judges.

Ahead of the gala ceremony, contestants have raised more than £138,000 for local charities, smashing an original target of £50,000.

Sue Tummon says excitement's mounting as the big night approaches: 

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