9:30am Friday 13th August 2010
A BEAUTY queen put Bolton on the world map after winning a prestigious environmental award at an international pageant.
Miss Bolton, 22-year-old Kristina Long, won the speech award at the World Miss University contest in South Korea after impressing the judges with her knowledge of energy saving at home.
Miss Long, of Plodder Lane, Farnworth, was asked to tell 150 people at the event’s environmental forum what measures she took in everyday life to combat global warming.
She said: “I spoke about what I do in the house—I do my washing at 30 degrees, hang the washing out on the line instead of using the dryer, dry things by hand instead of using the dishwasher, recycling, things like that.
“I really enjoyed it, and I’m very happy to have won an award, but it was a great experience just being there.”
Miss Long was crowned the first Miss Bolton earlier this year after telling the judges about her determination to help young girls deal with domestic violence.
She enjoyed a two-week all-expenses-paid trip to South Korea after qualifying for the student competition, culminating with the event in the country’s capital, Seoul.
She represented her home country, Northern Ireland, as she competed with 58 other girls from all over the world.
Miss Long is hoping to raise £1,000 for charity with a fancy dress night, which starts at 9pm at J2 on Saturday.
Partygoers will have to make a £1 donation to charity, which will go to Fortalice, the women’s refuge in Farnworth, and Help for Heroes, which supports wounded soldiers.
Miss Long will be dressed as an army girl.
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