A beauty queen is to host a pageant to help Huddersfield Carnival return.
The carnival has had to be postponed this year because of a lack of funding for the massive event.
Now 36-year-old Natalie Quinn, named Ireland’s Woman Crown and Glory pageant winner for 2016/17, is looking for women of all ages from Yorkshire to take part in her contest, Miss Carnival Queen International, ahead of the potential 2017 carnival event.
It is set to take place next February at the Hudawi Cultural Centre on Great Northern Street, and part time retail worker Natalie said that money paid by entrants would go to the The African and Caribbean Carnival Trust, who cancelled this year’s carnival due to a lack of funding.
If enough money is raised, the winners will get to star in the carnival parade.
Contestants can enter into one of four age categories: mini (0 to 12), teen (13 to 19), miss (20-29) and lady (30 plus).
They will take part in various rounds including swimwear, fitness, evening wear, opening dance, carnival theme fun fashion and talent, as well as an off-stage interview.
Prizes include a photo-shoot with a photographer and a full ruby crystal and gold crown.
The carnival had been receiving £74,000 from Kirklees Council but in 2015 organisers were told a reduced £50,000 would be the last grant they would receive.
Natalie said: “We raised thousands for Deans Puplett children’s Cancer charity through the Woman Crown and Glory pageant.
“I would love to do the same for The African & Caribbean Carnival Trust.
“Huddersfield has lost its carnival this year and the people of Huddersfield are coming together to try and raise funds to help stage it for 2017.
“I couldn’t sit back and do nothing so I launched Miss Carnival Queen International.
“We already have contestants from as young as six to ladies over 40 but the more who enter, the more money we raise.
“We already have a jam-packed summer planned for the contestants.”