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Stamford's Eastern School of Performing Arts student Ella Grace Bayley from Great Casterton has entered the Miss Lincolnshire competition

A 17-year-old musical theatre student is set to compete for the Miss Lincolnshire title, which looks for the most positive role model among young women.

Ella Grace Bayley, who attends the Eastern School of Performing Arts (ESPA) in Stamford, knew nothing about her entry into the regional pageant until she was contacted to attend an audition at Kelham Hall near Newark.

“My Auntie Karina took a photo of me on my 17th birthday and sent it in without telling me,” said Ella Grace, who has been busy preparing for the competition next month.

“When I got over the surprise I was really excited, and I’ve been fundraising for the charity Beauty With a Purpose, which helps people all over the world, by having a bake sale at college and setting up a fundraising page.”

Ella Grace is also holding a raffle at The Crown in Great Casterton where she works, and has been braiding hair at college to raise funds too.

She is well on her way to an £800 target and has gained sponsorship from Stamford Living, and support from The Ivy Lodge, ESPA, Anna Couture, Energy and The Crown pub.

Miss Lincolnshire takes place at Kelham Hall on Saturday, April 6.

The Midlands region winner will go through to compete in the Miss England competition, and then the winner of this can compete to be Miss World.

There is a people’s vote where Ella Grace can be supported by clicking this link. Texts cost 50p.

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