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Beauty queens reunited for Miss Northern Ireland launch

Northern Ireland women are once again poised to battle it out to scoop the Miss Northern Ireland crown.

A host of former winners and reigning beauty Cherie Gardiner joined competition organiser and former winner Alison Campbell sparkled at Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon yesterday to launch this year’s finals.

Former winners of the competition have gone on to successful careers, most notably 1999 queen Zoe Salmon who presented Blue Peter, while Lucy Evangelista, Gayle Williamson, Melissa Patton, Angela Mountstephens and Judith Wilson have been lighting up catwalks and photoshoots.

This year’s beauty queen will win an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam to represent Northern Ireland in Miss World as well as a treasure chest of other prizes including a car, clothes and shoes from top local designers, a crystal trophy, a modelling contract with the Alison Campbell Agency and of course the winner’s tiara.

Twelve heats will take place in locations across the country from the middle of April to the end of May, including Belfast’s Cafe Vaudeville, Rushmere Shopping Centre, Bellini’s in Newry, Spice Restaurant in Antrim, Walsh’s Hotel in Maghera, The Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown, the North West 200, Coast in Newcastle, The Coach in Banbridge, McNulty’s in Coleraine, The Wild Duck in Portglenone, Betty Blacks in Bangor.

In total 24 girls will go forward to a full weekend of VIP engagements and photocalls followed by the Gala Final at Belfast's Europa Hotel on Monday June 21.

Event organiser Alison Campbell is looking for entrants between 17 and 24 years from all parts of Northern Ireland.

“We need someone who is a good communicator and has the ability to speak well in public and of course who looks fantastic,” she said.

To enter, girls should send a photograph with their name and address to the Rushmere Miss Northern Ireland Contest, 381 Beersbridge Road, Belfast, BT5 5DT.

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