Whitby’s Laura Stone has failed in her bid to clinch the Miss England 2013 title but has done the district proud.
Armed with a suitcase full of outfits, including a dress made from 80 Whitby sea shells, the 23-year-old competed against 59 of the country’s most glamorous women as Miss Scarborough in the final of the beauty pageant in Torquay.
Miss Scarborough organiser Diane Yalezo, who supported the Whitby beautician at the Riviera International Centre at the weekend, along with Laura’s friends and family, said: “Unfortunately Laura didn’t get through to the final 15 but she looked stunning all the way through the competition and I’m very proud.”
Laura and the contestants were put through their paces in a boot camp before rehearsals ahead of the eco dress round and Mr England final on Saturday and the evening dress and grand final showdown on Sunday.
Despite missing out on the title, Laura had other success, with her gift making it into the top 20 for a charity auction at the competition’s civic dinner on Saturday.
She said: “I had an amazing four days at the event, I loved every minute of it.
“I did a lot of rehearsals to learn two dance routines, which were so much fun to perform.
“The boot camp was so hard and really put everyone to the test. I met some amazing girls and it really made the experience so much nicer.
“I would love the chance to enter again next year but for now I am going to put all my efforts into being Miss Scarborough and really enjoy my year.”
Laura was crowned Miss Scarborough and District 2013 at a glittering event last month.
The beauty salon owner was the pick for the judges after a number of rounds, which included football fever where Laura donned a Fishburn Park strip and evening wear.
She also wore a dress which she had made herself from copies of the Whitby Gazette.
Laura, who has lived in Whitby since she was 11, is now available to attend events in the town.
If you would like Miss Scarborough and District to open fetes, fairs or functions, or if you wish to invite her to join any special celebrations or events contact the Whitby Gazette.
To request her attendance for charity and community events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01723 383810.
Laura is also available for commercial appearances, for example shop openings, business launches and to promote other ventures.
A fee is charged for commercial appearances.
To find out more information and for bookings, please contact Diane Yalezo on 07864 028302.