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Sales rep Lauren Leckey crowned Miss Northern Ireland

Co Antrim woman wins title at glitzy ceremony

Lauren Leckey is crowned the new Miss NI
Lauren Leckey is crowned the new Miss NI
Lauren Leckey is crowned the new Miss NI
The contestants ahead of the Gala Final at the Europa Hotel
The contestants ahead of the Gala Final at the Europa Hotel
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Raven-haired sales rep Lauren Leckey from Co Antrim has been crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2019.

The 20-year-old Miss Spice (Templepatrick) took the tiara from last year's winner, nurse Katharine Walker from Hillsborough, at a glittering gala event at the Europa Hotel in Belfast last night.

The former Hunter House College pupil won an extensive prize package including an all-expenses-paid trip to the Miss World competition which will take place in Pattaya City, Thailand on December 7.

And to help ensure that the new Miss Northern Ireland cuts a stylish figure at Miss World, she will take home a wardrobe of designer dresses from Rosie's Closet as part of the prize package.

Lauren, from Stoneyford, will also enjoy a modelling contract with ACA Models, and treats including a year's supply of beauty treatments and a Mini Cooper car.

Ahead of the contest, Lauren, who described herself as "hardworking, sociable and creative", was asked what would make her stand out from the other contestants.

"In 2005 my dad was in a motorbike accident and as a result is paralysed from the waist down," she said.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2019
Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls during a photocall ahead of the Miss NI 2019 Gala Final at the Europa Hotel, being held on May Bank Holiday Monday.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2019 Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls during a photocall ahead of the Miss NI 2019 Gala Final at the Europa Hotel, being held on May Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists, Angelina Jess, Abigail Parkinson, Catherine Moore, Sarah Connolly, and Summer Murdock. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists, Katherine Kirk, Natalie Anderson, Finnoula Mooney, Lauren Leckey and Alison Totten. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists, Katherine Kirk, Natalie Anderson, Finnoula Mooney, Lauren Leckey and Alison Totten. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists, Katherine Kirk, Natalie Anderson, and Finnoula Mooney. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2019 Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls during a photocall ahead of the Miss NI 2019 Gala Final at the Europa Hotel, being held on May Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2019 Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls during a photocall ahead of the Miss NI 2019 Gala Final at the Europa Hotel, being held on May Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. from left, Heather Alexander Burton, Catherine Moore, Tori McAllen,Chloe Spence and Sarah Connolly Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss Northern Ireland hopefuls ahead of the final in Belfast on May 6, 2019
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
Miss NI contestants hold a photocall outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Pic by Peter Morrison
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 06th May 2019 Pictured: Miss Northern Ireland 2019 Finalists. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

"Growing up so close to someone with a physical disability has taught me so much, and has given me so much compassion and understanding for people living with physical disabilities."

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