A LYNEMOUTH lovely has sealed her place in the final of Miss Northumberland 2012.
Katie Bell kept alive her dreams of winning the coveted title by making it through the beauty and personality pageant’s third heat at The Black Swan in Alnwick.
And the 22-year-old admitted that her success on the night came as a surprise.
She said: “It feels amazing to make it through to the Miss Northumberland final. I am shocked to be honest because all of the girls were so beautiful.
“I have never done anything like this before and I was really nervous to start off with, but everyone made me feel so welcome and everyone got on really well. It was a great atmosphere and it was really, really fun.
“It would be an honour to represent the county if I win the competition. It is such a beautiful place and I would be very proud to be Miss Northumberland.”
The Eden Terrace resident currently works as a waitress at the Woodhorn Grange Brewers Fayre pub restaurant in Ashington.
She was one of four to come through the qualifier along with Nasrene Harrison, 18 and Stephanie Loraine 19, both from Newcastle, and heat winner Ami Vaziri, 22, from Bedlington.
They all impressed the judging panel, which was made up of three female sponsor members –—Amy Slavin of Frock N Roll, and Jill Brown and Naomi Valentine from Northumberland Butlers 4 You, as well as head judge Mark Chapman, of main sponsor Rhinox.
The quartet of beauties can now look forward to the June 29 final, which takes place at Newton Hall in Newton-by-the-Sea.
The winner of Miss Northumberland 2012 will receive a modelling contract with newly-established Glamrus Model Agency, as well as a host of prizes, and will compete in the 2013 Miss England competition.
The victorious woman in 2011’s inaugural event, Laura Hickey, is going from strength to strength since receiving the crown.
She recently reached the grand final of Miss England after making her mark in the semi-final of the national beauty pageant in Leicestershire.
This included wearing an eye-catching Northumberland flag-themed dress, which she wore during the eco-fashion section.
The final will take place later this month.
Miss Northumberland has been organised by One Voice Productions, which has once again teamed up with the Herald and our sister papers the Northumberland Gazette, Berwick Advertiser and the News Post Leader. It is in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.
Girls aged 17 to 24 by April 2013 can still enter the competition via the website, www.missnorthumberland.co.uk