Firefighter aiming for pole position in Man of the Year

Pocklington firefighter James Sayer, 24, who is bidding to become publisher Mills and Boon's Man of the Year
Pocklington firefighter James Sayer, 24, who is bidding to become publisher Mills and Boon's Man of the Year

A Pocklington firefighter is calling for the local community to show him the love as he bids to be crowned a romantic publishers’ Man of the Year.

James Sayer, 24, is currently second on Mills and Boon’s Hot 15 in their search for a heroic and romantic man to grace the cover of their new Valentine’s Day novel, which is being released on February 14.

The winner will also win a £3,000 holiday so James, 24 – who is pictured in the competition in his fire kit – hopes to reel in the votes.

After being entered into the competition last month, James made it into Mills and Boon’s Hot 15 of their favourite men in the national competition.

Now it is up to the general public to vote for their favourite from the shortlist.

On Sunday (November 1), the three men with the most votes will be put in front of a panel of celebrity judges made up of actress Denise Welch,OK! magazine editor Rosie Nixon, and Robin Windsor, of Strictly Come Dancing, who will decide the overall winner.

“I am still desperate for people to vote me in order for me to stay in the top three,” James told the Pocklington Post this week.

James describes himself as “outgoing, lively and humorous” and revealed he could speak fluent Norwegian at the age of three. “I believe that I may have what it takes to be man of the year as I am hardworking, charismatic but most importantly, I enjoy helping others,” he added.

Cast your vote on the Mills and Boon Facebook page.