In pictures: Local girls shine at Miss NI final

Rachel Jones (left) steps out with her fellow contestants in the swimwear section.
Rachel Jones (left) steps out with her fellow contestants in the swimwear section.

A student from Lisburn and a nurse from Hillsborough were among the finalists of this year’s Miss Northern Ireland competition.

Rachel Jones, a 21-year-old business studies student from Lisburn, qualified for the gala final at Belfast’s Europa Hotel after winning the Miss East Belfast title.

Katharine Walker (left) taking part in the final of the Miss Northern Ireland competition.

Katharine Walker (left) taking part in the final of the Miss Northern Ireland competition.

She was the judges’ pick and made it into the top 10 of the annual competition, eventually taking the first runner up spot after Portglenone student Anna Henry was crowned Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland 2017.

Hillsborough girl Katharine Walker, who works as a paediatric intensive care nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Belfast, also shone at the glitzy event.

The 22-year-old Queen’s University graduate was delighted to win the ‘Miss Personality’ title, which is voted for by the competition’s 24 finalists.

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Lisburn student Rachel Jones (second from right) was first runner up in this year's Miss Northern Ireland competition. Anna Henry was crowned Miss NI 2017.

Lisburn student Rachel Jones (second from right) was first runner up in this year's Miss Northern Ireland competition. Anna Henry was crowned Miss NI 2017.

Katharine Walker pictured at the Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland Gala Final with Q Radio presenter Stephen Clements (left), Richard Sullivan, Northern Bureau Chief of the Sunday World and former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter Zoe Salmon (right).

Katharine Walker pictured at the Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland Gala Final with Q Radio presenter Stephen Clements (left), Richard Sullivan, Northern Bureau Chief of the Sunday World and former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter Zoe Salmon (right).

Rachel Jones (right) with fellow contestants at the Miss NI gala final.

Rachel Jones (right) with fellow contestants at the Miss NI gala final.

Katharine Walker (left) on stage with her fellow contestants during the swimwear section.

Katharine Walker (left) on stage with her fellow contestants during the swimwear section.

Rachel Jones (centre) with Q Radio presenter Stephen Clements and former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter Zoe Salmon.

Rachel Jones (centre) with Q Radio presenter Stephen Clements and former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter Zoe Salmon.

Katharine Walker modelling a stunning evening dress.

Katharine Walker modelling a stunning evening dress.

Lisburn girl Rachel Jones on the catwalk at the Miss NI final.

Lisburn girl Rachel Jones on the catwalk at the Miss NI final.

Katharine Walker takes to the catwalk.

Katharine Walker takes to the catwalk.