A Settle College sixth former has been crowned Miss North Yorkshire Galaxy.

Laura Handy, 19, will now compete for the title of Miss Galaxy UK in March and, if successful, will travel to the USA to compete in the Miss Galaxy International Pageant in Orlando.

As part of her Miss Galaxy year she has been raising money for the Christie Cancer Charity.

Laura said: “I started in pageants at the beginning of last year. I got through to the finals of Miss Harrogate and Miss North-West last year.

“As Miss North Yorkshire Galaxy I have attended and judged pageants all over the UK and also supported local charities.

“I volunteered with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and was invited to attend a volunteer’s meeting in Harrogate and was overwhelmed by the support.”

Laura, who lives in Stainforth, is in her final year of A-levels, studying chemistry, biology, maths and psychology, and has a part-time weekend job at Elaine’s Tearooms in Feizor.