A CASTLE fit for a fairy-tale princess has helped launch the quest to find a beauty to become the face of Northumberland.
The search began at Bamburgh Castle on Monday for 24 girls, aged 17 to 24, from around the county, to will battle it out to be the first Miss Northumberland.
In keeping with the inaugural event’s theme of medieval meets Rapunzel, the finalists will need a sweet heart, beauty and personality to see them through to victory.
The winner of the contest – sponsored by the News Post Leader and Johnston Press’s other Northumbrian newspapers – will represent the county in the Miss England competition’s final.
She will also undertake a year of official duties with Sunderland’s Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal.
A modelling contract with Gateshead events management company Glam R Us is also on offer.
Event organiser Simon Robertson said: “We are searching for a jewel in the Northumberland crown, a girl who can represent our chosen charity, the Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal, with heart as well as beauty and have the graceful personality to go on to represent the county at the Miss England contest.
“Our winner will have an exciting year showcasing one of the most beautiful counties in the UK.”
Chris Calvert, the castle’s director, said: “With its past association with royalty and location in one of the most beautiful areas of Northumberland, we are very happy that the search for Miss Northumberland is starting here at Bamburgh.”
The full line-up of judges has yet to be announced, but will include Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Chris Pilgrim and Tyne Tees presenter Kenny Toal.
The final will take place on Friday, June 3.
Budding beauty queens keen to enter Miss Northumberland can visit www.missnorthumberland.co.uk to find out how.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the event or hosting a heat can visit the same address for details.