A BEAUTY pageant contestant is vying for the Miss Durham crown this weekend.
Emily Foster, 17, is one of the seven finalists taking the stage on Saturday at Sedgefield Racecourse hoping to secure the title for 2015.
Emily, from Trimdon Colliery, is currently studying A-level English language, BTEC Sport and BTEC Music Performance at Hartlepool Sixth Form College and as a singer, she loves performing at gigs.
She hopes to go on to study physiotherapy at university.
Miss Durham, along with the other regional and national pageants in the UK, promotes “Beauty with a Purpose”, meaning that the contestants must raise money for a selected charity.
This year they have chosen the ABF Soldiers’ Charity and Emily is helping by taking collection buckets into college.
Joining Emily in the pageant are; Ashleigh Craggs from Ferryhill, Stephanie Keld from Sedgefield, Eleanor Mae Potter from Newton Aycliffe, Stephanie Cassar from Stanley, Victoria Moncrieff from High Shincliffe and Diandra Prinsloo from Bishop Auckland.
The finalists were selected from the application stage by staff from Sedgefield Racecourse and are now competing to win Saturday’s competition in order to represent the county in the Miss England pageant where they would then be competing to secure a place in the prestigious Miss World.
Sophie Wallace, Miss Durham’s 2014 winner, will sit on the judging panel alongside Sadie ‘The Bra Lady’ Ayton and her husband Tom who sponsored Sophie in last year’s competition.
Also set to decide this year’s winner are Commanding Officer Karl Mace and Julie Towler the owner of the Jaiz Hairdressers franchise in Sedgefield and Stockton.
The pageant starts at 7pm on Saturday, April 18.
People should contact Sedgefield Racecourse for more details and tickets on (01740) 621925.