A WHITBY girl is bidding to become a beauty queen after entering the annual Miss Scarborough pageant.
Katie Botham, 24, who’s family runs Botham’s bakery, is bidding to become the first Whitby winner of the competition in its current format.
Miss Botham shares her time between waitressing at Botham’s tea rooms and dancing for Disney in Paris and on their cruise line.
She said: “I have never done a pageant before.
“I think it’s because I never realised what good work they do for their community.
“I don’t think Whitby gets as much recognition as it should and I think it should be highlighted more.
“I would like to get involved more with charity and fundraising in the area and this could help give these projects a bit more attention.”
Miss Botham was the first entrant of this year’s competition and her main ambitions for entering are to highlight the work of community projects and to help charities in their fundraising.
She added: “Working for Disney, I do get a lot of chances to travel and we do a lot for charities, reading to children in schools and telling them about the environmental challenges we face.
“In future I would like to run a theatre company to work with children with learning difficulties, to work with drama to help them learn and interact with other people.”
Although Miss Botham said it would be a privilege to win the final, held at Scarborough Spa on 15 May, she said she may have to insist on one minor alteration: “If I did win I would request that I could have a Miss Whitby sash.
“Whitby lives in Scarborough’s shadow so it would be nice if Whitby could get some recognition.”
Anyone interested in entering the Miss Scarborough and District 2011 competition should email email@example.com with a headshot and full length picture.
Please include, name, age, address, contact number.
Entrants need to be between 17-24 and have a YO postcode.
Full details of rules can be found at www.missengland.info