One of the youngest contestants in a glittering competition has been crowned the next Miss Scarborough.
Samantha Patchett has taken home the crown and the title of Miss Scarborough and District 2016 and will go on to compete in the Miss England finals.
In an incredibly tight contest, the 17-year-old was delighted to win the title. Samantha, one of the youngest girls to take part in the competition, was inspired by her mum who entered similar contests when she was younger in Sheffield and Rotherham.
“I’m so pleased. I didn’t expect to make it to the semi-final. It’s been great meeting everyone and it’s a really great atmosphere,” Samantha said after she found out she’d made it through to the top six.
Proud mum Mandy Brooke said: “I’m so so very proud of her. She’s not got a lot of confidence but I think she’s just beautiful inside and out. I think it was a really hard contest and all the girls were so great.”
Lauren Cole, from Filey, was announced as the runner up and there was just a couple of points between her and Samantha.
Supported by her family Scarborough girl Sinead Campbell came in third place.
The only contestant from Whitby, Frankie Hyde won Miss Charity, having raised £1,545 in the run up to the competition. She was also awarded the best dressed sash.
Natasha Moseley, from Osgodby, won the Miss Celebrity award. And the overall winner Samantha received the most text votes and won Miss Popularity.
Runner up Lauren Cole won the best eco dress which all nine girls had to make for one of the four rounds.
The judging panel was made up of Joe Devassy, general manager of the Hackness Grange Hotel, Magdalena Szygalik, of Calla Flowers for all occasions in Filey, Shadow Lankarani, official hair stylist for the event, Ed Asquith editor of The Scarborough News and Miss Scarborough 2013 Laura Stone.
Former Miss Scarborough Laura Stone said: “The event has been perfect, it couldn’t have been better and the winner is just amazing. It was the hardest decision we have all ever actually had to make. It was so difficult but I think we made the right choice in the end.”
The event at the Hackness Grange Hotel, was hosted by former Mr England Jordan Williams and entertainment was provided by girls from the Rowlies Academy of Dance.
All nine girls had their hair done by hairdressers from Shadow Hair Salon in Scarborough. The top three also received flower bouquets from Calla Flowers.
Miss England regional manager, Diane Yalezo, said: “I’m so pleased with how the event has gone. I’m glad I’m not on the judging panel this year, we have nine beautiful girls and the contest is almost too close to call. It was so difficult but I think the right girl has won in the end.
“The Rowlies Academy of Dance were fabulous and the entertainment from host Jordan Williams has been brilliant too. The Hackness Grange Hotel is a beautiful setting and the sun has come out shining for us.”
Each of the nine girls were sponsored by local businesses.