THE VOTES are in and the winners have been chosen for this year’s Ripley and Heanor News Child of the Year competition.
And out of the 139 beaming tots that were entered into the 2011 contest, only one youngster from each age category could claim the prize.
Parents piled into our photography booth set up at the Asda store, in Langley Mill, during April and May, for the chance to win one of three large black and white prints of their pride and joy.
We received hundreds of votes for your favourite tots during June.
Taking the prize for the 0-12 months category was eight-month-old Keavy Wood, who made a proud parent of 26-year-old Hayley Moss, from Chestnut Road, in Langley Mill.
She said: “I couldn’t believe she won. All the children in the competition were just so beautiful, but I thought she had a chance of winning.”
Proud full-time mum Hayley said she will be entering her daughter into the competition next year. Taking the most votes in the 13-24 months category was Dylan Charlton, who will be two in August. The tot’s mum, Sarah Allen, from Cromford Road, Langley Mill was ‘shocked’ and ‘happy’ that Dylan had won the top prize. The 21-year-old beauty therapist said she entered on a spur of the moment while shopping in Asda with a friend. She added: “I’m definitely thrilled to win the prize as well, it will take pride of place in the living room so we can look at it every day.”
And finally taking top spot in the 25-35 month category is two-year-old Kennly Jane Hague. Her mum, Vicky Sloman of Bolton Close, Langley Mill, was so proud her daughter had won as Kennly remains a smiling tot, even after three operations on a club foot.
“We just want to say how proud family and friends are,” child care practitioner Vicky said. “We want to thank everybody for their vote because it does mean a lot.”