THE HUNT is on for the county's finest mermaid.

Now in its third year, Miss Mermaid UK brings together 18-32 year-old women with a love of pageantry and ocean-based people.

On May 12 the Berkshire heats of the competition will choose its regional champion in an evening made up of four rounds: the interview, the little black dress, the eco and the evening gown.

Grace Page, a former Reading College student and last year's Miss Reading, won the 2016 Berkshire finals.

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The judges were so impressed with Grace's aquatic aptitude and the success of her company 'Hire a Mermaid UK', they asked her to run the national competition.

She said: “The eco round aims to show girls that there is more to recycling than plastic bottles. Girls will need to use their creativity to put together a fashion outfit from charity shop clothing that shows off their individual style.

“Girls will be judged on their stage presence, aspiration and personality.

“No previous mermaid-ing experience is necessary and Miss Mermaid UK welcomes ladies of all shapes. You just need to have a love of the sea and all the creatures that live there.”

The winner of Miss Mermaid ​Berkshire will go on to the national final of ​Miss Mermaid UK at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton on the July 28 and 29, with the overall champion winning a trip to Egypt and a spot in the international finals.

Entrants do not need their own tail.

To enter, email a head shot and details of why you want to be Miss Mermaid UK to