MALPAS' Miss Cheshire representative, Eleanor Farr, says she will hand her crown to a new contender for next year after planing in the top five of this year's contest.

The final of the Miss England contest was held in late August, with Eleanor taking to the catwalk alongside her fellow regional contestants.

Eleanor says the chance to represent her county on the stage was a "once in a lifetime" opportunity.

She said: "For most people, walking on the Miss England contest stage is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"I am lucky enough that on August 27, I walked down that stage for the second time in my life and placed in the top five out of thousands of women who entered across the country.

"On stage I walked in a little black dress, evening gown, homemade eco outfit and answered questions in front of the judges on the spot with no preparation or rehearsal."

As well as the contest itself, Eleanor says the journey to reach that point was full of "amazing memories".

She added: "I have raised more than £12,000 for charity, placed in Bare Face Top Model, made a presentation on my hometown, made multiple media appearances in the press and BBC radio, submitted a talent video, collected pledges to plant trees, encouraged people to vote for me and many other tasks which saw me through to Miss England as a finalist before entering the top five on the night.

"I have walked away with some of my best friends, amazing memories and the title of Miss North West."

Following her contest success, Eleanor says she will train the next generation to follow in her footsteps.

"While the chapter of my life as a contestant is drawing to a close, I still have my beauty queen title for another year and I intend to make the most of my platform and inspire and encourage other young women," she added.

"Especially those like myself who have suffered major setbacks in life, to believe in themselves and reach their potential.

"In a few months' time the next exciting chapter of my journey will begin as I scout and mentor the 2022 contestants in the hope that I can find someone who will do the Miss North West title justice.

"In May 2022 I will be handing my crown over, could it be to someone from Malpas."