Thankfully I wasn’t, as it really was an experience I won’t be forgetting for a while. To celebrate securing the coveted Football League Family Excellence Award, an award recognising the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families, Wolves had an array of pre-match entertainment lined up. The family event kicked off at 4pm and had something for everyone. It was great to see a temporary big screen showing a range of great Wolves content and footage from over the years and portraying everything great about the club.
They had a play bus, sports activities and competitions, the opportunity to meet Wolfie, Wendy and the Villa Mascot: Hercules, food stalls and face painting. The club were also be marking the Black Country Festival, in keeping with other festivals across July. With this came entertainment from the Empty Can and appearances on stage from me!
Closer to kick-off, Steven, Chair of the Black Country Festival, and I were honoured to be asked to walk the players out on to the pitch, and stand proudly centre pitch waving our Black Country Flags. Hearing the news I thought I better pop to the loo beforehand – I didn’t want to be doing a nervous wee dance on the pitch! And aren’t I glad I did! I was lead through the tunnel and around the corner of the door, bumped into none other than Danny Batth, captain of the team. I was very star struck and typically, didn’t have my phone on me to get a picture, but meeting him was enough!
I couldn’t believe I was stood in the middle of the Wolves pitch, surrounded by 22,070 fans. It was so hard to take in such a once in a lifetime opportunity and I stood there looking around at all the fans cheering and felt pure pride for my region and my title as Miss Black Country.
This was, quite honestly, one of the most mesmerising moments of my life.
I watched the first half of the game with my family who had come to support. Villa scored within minutes and it remained 1-0 for the entirety of the first half; much to Wolves’ fans dismay.
At half time, my second big moment was upon me. I was ushered on to the pitch with Jason Forrest where I was interviewed in front of 22,070 people. I was able to talk about the fantastic work of the Miss England and Miss World charity Beauty with a Purpose and all about the Miss England finals. I was also able to talk a bit more about my involvement in the Black Country Festival and my work with local charity, The Haven Wolverhampton. It was a brilliant opportunity to be able to talk to so many people about charities locally and nationally. Surprisingly, I found it less daunting than I thought I would. It was more just a sea of little blurry heads, some with gold tops, and others with claret and blue – obviously the gold topped people were better! No, I’m joking!
I am so grateful to everyone who made this opportunity possible for me – I can’t wait to do more with the team and the good people of the Black Country throughout the year with my title.
To top the week off, I am so excited to announce that I have been shortlisted for two rounds in the Miss England finals; the talent round and the Billion Dollar Smile award.