TWO Musselburgh sisters have both been crowned as queens in the Miss United Kingdom Supreme competition after raising £2,000 for charity and visiting an orphanage in Cape Verde.

Musselburgh siblings and Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School pupils Tillie Allison, six, and Amber Allison, 11, won Mini Miss UK Supreme and Junior Miss UK Supreme respectively.

Beauty pageant Miss UK Supreme has been running for five years and attracts hundreds of applicants from all over the UK.

As ambassadors for the pageant, the girls and their family made a trip last summer to Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, to distribute toys and health products to a children’s orphanage there.

The girls’

mum Samantha told the Courier: “We funded the trip to Cape Verde. We were going as a holiday, but as soon as Amber heard that there were areas of the country that were poverty-stricken, she asked if there were any children there who she could help.

“So we looked into it a little bit and found a local orphanage that needed supplies.

“That’s when she started saving up her pocket money to buy all the kids something. She would love to go back and spend a full week with the children – they touched her heart so much.”

As well as helping the orphanage, both Amber and Tillie, who live on Delta View in Musselburgh, did a lot of work locally for the pageant’s chosen charity Brightest Star, which supports grieving parents who have lost a child. Their fundraising efforts included beach cleans, Little Mix nights and a 16-mile KiltWalk.

Samantha added: “The girls have been working very hard over the past two years competing and raising over £2,000 for charity.”

This is the second time that Amber has participating in the pageant, and the third time for Tillie, though neither girls have won before.

They competed against a total of 21 girls from all over the United Kingdom.

The Supreme event saw both girls compete in many categories including the Black and Gold round, the Fashion round and the Evening round, as well as having to interview with the judges earlier that day.

Samantha added: “The interview was the part that both Tillie and Amber were most nervous about, with them both still being so shy. Just before hand they were both saying, ‘I can’t do this mum’, but they actually both ended up winning the ‘best in interview’ award, which was incredible for them.

“Both the girls were really shy and self-conscious so entering the pageant seemed like a really good idea as it promotes confidence and inner strength.

“When they both won the crown in their categories, I thought I was going to pass out! I’m so proud of them, they’ve come so far and made friends with people all over the country. I’m glad they were both able to win, they’re so close and it’s wonderful that they could share this moment.

“They get to keep their crowns and sashes and will spend the next year raising more money for Brightest Star.”

A spokesperson from the pageant said: “Both girl have shown commitment and dedication to the supreme system and have done hundreds of appearances over the years and raised thousands of pounds worth of charity money for our chosen charity which is the Brightest Star, which supports families who have lost a child. Both girls are and absolute pleasure to work with and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for them.”