Bonny babies and terrific toddlers smile for camera
PARENTS have been dressing their little ones in their best bib and tucker to scoop the top prize in the Baby and Toddler of the Year Competition.
A flood of families turned up at The Brewery, off Henrietta Street, Cheltenham’s town centre with their tiny tykes in tow, looking as perfect and gleaming as the day they were born.
It was all smiles in the shopping centre as bonny babies and terrific tots were captured on camera in a bid to be crowned the best baby or most terrific toddler.
They are hoping their gorgeous offspring will leave them £1,000 better off – the top prize in the Echo’s competition, which started today.
Kelly Smith, 20, a kitchen assistant from Fiddler’s Green, brought her 13-week-old daughter Evie Merrett, to be captured in a beautiful flowery dress.
“She has a smile that would melt a thousand hearts and that’s why I think she deserves to win £1,000,” she said. “She’s always full of smiles and fully content.”
Kelly entered the competition after some encouragement from her mother, who read about it in the Echo.
She said: “My mum told me about the competition.
“I think she’s cute, but then I’m biased. So I thought I would put her in to see if she would have a good chance of winning it.
“Winning £1,000 would be quite nice as well.
“Basically, she’s beautiful and she’s mine.”
There are four age categories; 0-9 months, 10-18 months, 19-36 months and three to five years old.
Parents have until September 22 to get down to the Brewery for the free-to-enter contest, where you will be able to buy a printed picture of your child.
To enter, simply cut out the entry token that will be printed in the Gloucestershire Echo and take it, along with your bonny baby or terrific tot, to a photo session.
Parents and guardians will then be given an appointment to come and select their favourite photo to be entered into the competition and will have the opportunity to purchase the professional photo packages at a fantastic price.
Photos of every entrant will be featured in a photo special on Tuesday, October 29 and the public will get the chance to vote for who they think should reach the top 20.