Wetherby and Tockwith models eye catwalk prize

TWO models from the district will strut their stuff on the catwalk as they bid to be crowned the countryside’s next top model.

Raffaelle Guy, 24, of Tockwith, and Ed Cartwright, 22, of Spofforth Hill, Wetherby, have been picked as finalists in the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Country Catwalk contest.

Both Raffaelle and Ed will now battle it out with nine other would-be models on the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show on July 12.

The competition, launched eaelier this year, is aimed at finding future models who live or work in the countryside.

It attracted dozens of entries from young men and women from across the country - all hoping for a place on the runway in the popular Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion.

And for keen horsewoman Raffaelle, who competes at the Great Yorkshire Show each year, it’s not the first time she has entered a modeling competition.

She reached the final 20 of a search to find the Face of Harrogate a number of years ago – and is delighted to have reached the finals of the Country Catwalk Stars contest.

“The Great Yorkshire Show is a big family get-together for us, so I am sure I will get a big cheer from everyone when I get on the catwalk. It’s great,” she said.

Ed decided to sign up to the modeling contest after seeing an advert on social networking websites.

“I come to the Great Yorkshire Show every year with my family – I think taking part in the Fashion Shows will be good fun,” he said.

A team of high-profile judges, including national fashionistas, spent an action packed morning interviewing all the competitors before announcing the 11 finalists.

They will be joining the professional models on the catwalk at 2.30pm on the opening day of the Show, which takes place at the 250-acre showground in Harrogate.

The female contestants will be wearing garments by Hobbs, the renowned womenswear store and the men, by Brook Taverner of Keighley.

As well as sharing Skipton Building Society’s prize money of £500, the two winners will be offered an introduction to modelling with West Yorkshire’s Morton Gledhill Fashion Team, organisers of the fashion shows, as well as a case of Black Sheep beer and £100 worth of skincare products.

l Advance discounted tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show are available until Wednesday 6 July either on line –go to www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk or call 01423 541222.

Parking at the show is free and extensive.