Meet the first nine finalists in the running to be Miss Newcastle 2019

It's been almost a year since Miss Newcastle took us on a magic carpet ride for its Arabian Nights themed final and now we know the identities of the first nine girls in the running for this year's title.

Over 300 girls from across the region applied to be Miss Newcastle 2019 , which is a record for the competition, and now the first nine finalists have been announced for the annual event which will once again raise money for The Chronicle's Sunshine Fund.

The theme for this year's glittering final, hosted by the Gainford Group at The County Hotel, is Aphrodite and the goddesses already in the running for the Miss Newcastle crown are:

Amy Conway, 21, Wallsend

Charlotte Moore, 23, Newcastle

Chelsea Simpkin, 19, Cramlington

Ellis Toward, 21, Chapel Park

Leanna King, 21, Jesmond

Louise Brown, 21, Crawcrook

Mia Kelly, 17, Northumberland Park

Monet Grant, 19, Chester-le-street

Sophia Chisholm, 18, Bedlington

The first nine finalists for Miss Newcastle 2019

The last three finalists for Miss Newcastle 2019 will be chosen in heats taking place across Newcastle in April. Contact for more information.

Last year the Miss Newcastle event raised an incredible £20,000 for charity and this year organisers are looking to smash that amount to raise even more!