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Two ladies with a lifelong connection to Young have been crowned National Cherry Festival Cherry Queen and Charity Queen for 2017.

Jade Nolan was crowned the 2017 Cherry Queen and Emma Blake was awarded the Charity Queen title.

Jade Nolan said she was overwhelmed to be named Cherry Queen.

“It is unbelievable, being the Cherry Queen is still sinking in, I was not expecting to win,” she said.

“I plan on still raising money for Variety throughout the year.

“I really believe in what the organisation does and stands for.”

Emma Blake said she felt “amazing” and that it was “unbelievable” to be named as the 2017 Charity Queen.

“All I ever wanted to do was raise money for motor neurone disease,” she said.

“It’s not about votes or being popular, it’s about finding a cure for MND and those affected by the disease.”

National Cherry Festival President Caitlin Sheehan said all 2017 entrants were lovely ladies who worked tirelessly for their charities.