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An amazing month for Lisburn's lady of the Erne Suzanna

Suzanna Walker who represented Lisburn in the Lady of the Erne competition

Suzanna Walker who represented Lisburn in the Lady of the Erne competition

A 21-YEAR-OLD from Hillsborough who has just graduated from Queens with a First Class honours degree has represented Lisburn in the Lady of the Erne competition.

Suzanna Walker graduated in Criminology and Sociology at the start of the month and just days later was representing her home city in the contest.

The finalists were wined and dined for two days, went on a visit to Belleek Pottery and were guests at Enniskillen castle for a reception hosted by Fermanagh District Council.

There was also a photoshoot by the castle, a trip to Waterways Ireland and that evening a cocktail night, where a piper piped the girls down the Belturbet main street where a dinner was served before interviews with the judges took place.

On Friday 20th July the finalists assembled at the jetty for a boat trip on the River Erne and went to Cavan Courthouse for Civic Reception before being taken to the Slieve Russell Hotel for rehearsals.

There was a balloon release at the Fountain before the Grand Final of the Lady of the Erne commenced, when the girls were all interviewed on stage by UTV Presenter Paul Clarke. Emma recited a poem — The Glens of Antrim.

Each girl received a special piece of Belleek Pottery, Galway crystal, a hamper of cosmetics, a piece of designer jewellery and a selection of goodies.

It all added up to quite a month for Suzanna who in her spare time enjoys Speech and Drama, having won several awards and have achieved the ALCM teaching qualification recently.

I am very interested in working with young people, so I aim to start teaching speech and drama in the future" said Suzanna who also volunteers with ChildLine Northern Ireland on a weekly basis.

But she still has some time for hobbies including shopping, music, travelling and keeping fit.
Suzanna is returning to Queens next year to study for a Masters degree.

Ulster Star