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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Glenda's a Barbie girl with Queen ambitions

UNIQUE COLLECTOR HOPES TO WIN MACRA CROWN

THIS IS Sligo Macra na Feirme Club member Glenda Taylor. And she could yet be Ireland's Queen of the Land.

She will be among 27 ladies taking part in the 48th Queen of the Land festival in Tullamore, Co Offaly, from November 9-11.

A native of Riverstown, Glenda works as an administrator with Deirdre Cooke Opticians in Sligo.

Among her hobbies is collecting Barbie dolls.

Asked how many she had, she replied: "Last official count, 511."

However, the real figure is probably more than 530, with some of her Barbies dating back to 1960.

She became a serious collector in 2007, when she staged a doll show at the Riverstown Vintage Festival.

During three- day Queen of the Land Festival, competing queens representing counties and regions throughout the country will be judge on appearance, personality, energy, confidence, dress sense, rural knowledge and elocution

The Queens will be interviewed by judging panel in the Bridge House on the Saturday, and introduced to their escorts. Glenda hopes to do Sligo proud at the glamourous event.

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