Hannah misses out on finals

THE final five girls have been chosen to compete for the crown of Miss Northumberland at Linden Hall Hotel near Morpeth next month.

At Blackmore’s in Alnwick on Sunday, a dozen contestants battled through one of the toughest elimination rounds seen so far in the contest, which is searching for a girl to represent the county at Miss England later this year.

Among them was Morpeth barmaid Hannah Ellison, who narrowly missed out on a place, despite telling judges that she could pull the best pint in Northumberland.

The girls went through two rounds, the first to demonstrate their individual character and flair, followed by evening-wear modelling.

After a tense wait, the judges revealed their final five – included 18-year-old Demi Chambers, from Alnwick; 19-year-old Laura Jayne Mitchell, from Ashington; Felicity Corke, 22, from Hexham; 18-year-old Tyler Anderson, from Blyth and the ultimate winner, 18-year-old Emma Scott, from Blyth.

Judge Vanessa Elliott, whose business Dreamgirlz Extensions is a sponsor of the contest, said: “The standards tonight were extremely high and it was a very tough decision to make.”

Twenty girls now go through to the grand final, including Morpeth’s Emily Stokoe, who won an earlier heat at Linden Hall.