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.