Elsa Trueman has been crowned Miss Newark and District 2014 and now has a place in the Miss England semi finals taking pace at Kelham Hall on Monday 19th May.

 Having studied at Southwell Minster School and Newark college, Elsa will graduate from University this year, she said: "I entered the competition after seeing it advertised in the paper, and just thought I would try it to do something different and fun!"

Following auditions, the public were invited to vote for their favourite contestants. Receiving the highest number of votes meant Elsa was one of the final five girls to go on to do an interview and photoshoot modelling dresses by 'A Touch of Sparkle' at Kelham Hall.

As part of the competition the contestants were invited to raise funds for the Miss England charity 'Beauty With A Purpose', and Elsa managed to raise £80 selling her pop art style paintings of dogs.

Elsa expIains: "I didn't expect to win Miss Newark at all, but I'm excited now to be taking part in the Miss England semi finals, and I think the competition is a really good platform for supporting charity work. I am continuing to raise money for Beauty With A Purpose with my paintings, some of which are now on display at Thoresby Gallery as part of their Wide Open exhibition!"

Elsa will be on of 80 beauty queens from around the country descending upon Kelham Hall for the Miss England semi finals. The girls will participate in a catwalk style event showcasing their own Eco creations made from recycled clothing and materials.

The Miss England contestants arrive at 10am on the day to register for the competition followed by a military style boot camp run by Xtreme Boot Camps – where they will be put through their paces by instructors, led by James Evans. The fittest girl will also be fast-tracked through to the national final as the Xtreme Sportswoman winner.

Interviews and a catwalk show will follow at 6pm when the judges who include the current Miss England Kirsty Heslewood will select the final 10 girls to go forward to the national final in Torquay.

Just 10 ladies will go forward to the Miss England grand final from the 80 contestants which is being held in Torquay 14th – 16th June. The lucky ten ladies will stay at the luxury Imperial Hotel Torquay for the duration and have the opportunity to win a luxury holiday to Mauritius and a place in Miss World which has a top prize of $100,000.

Kelham Hall & Country Park is a Victorian stately home and events venue set within 44 acres of parkland. The Miss England semi-finals will run alongside an open wedding evening in the adjourning stately rooms, and the bridal wear set to be modelled by the final 10 contestants will be provided by exhibitors from the wedding event.

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