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Anna's headgear is right on track.

A BEAUTY queen swapped the catwalk for the racetrack as she donned a unique hat to officially launch Seaton Delaval Trophy Day at Newcastle Racecourse.

Anna Simpson, the newly crowned Miss Newcastle, was wearing the railway-themed headgear to promote GNER's sponsorship of the first race meeting of the three-day Northumberland Plate Festival at Newcastle.

The hat, designed by celebrity milliner Elizabeth Parker, featured railtracks curving into the shape of a giant flower and two trains racing along the rim. The Northumberland Plate Festival, widely regarded as one of the most exciting events in the North-East's sporting and social calendar, will take place from June 28 to 30.

It is expected to attract more than 40,000 people and is loved by sports fans and followers of fashion alike.

East Coast Main Line operator GNER is sponsoring the Seaton Delaval Trophy for the second consecutive year and commissioned the creation of the unique hat to celebrate their support of the Northumberland Plate.

Designer Elizabeth Parker has earned an international reputation for her luxurious and eccentric hats, which have been worn by the likes of pop stars Goldfrapp, Sister Bliss, Faithless and Marina Topley-Bird.

It was modelled by Miss Newcastle, Anna, who will compete against 90 other regional beauty queens for the crown of Miss England at the finals in Leicester from June 28 to 30.

The winner will join Miss Scotland, Miss Wales and Miss Northern Ireland, at the Miss World 2007 pageant in Poland, which will be televised to more than two billion viewers.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 25, 2007
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