A VILLAGE was bouncing with excitement and activity as proud parents showed off their little angels.
Mums, dads, grandmas and aunties packed a village hall for the annual baby show held as part of the Greatham Feast summer celebrations yesterday.
Fifteen-week-old Holly Armstrong captured the judges’ hearts to be named the overall winner getting first place in the birth to six months age category.
Proud mum Emma Armstrong, 32, wept with joy as she collected the coveted trophy.
Emma, a personal assistant with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “I’m overwhelmed. I feel really proud of her.
“It’s her first village event.
“My neighbour encouraged me to enter. She said ‘you’ve got to put Holly in.’”
Dad Paul, a 34-year-old truck salesman, of Queensway, in Greatham, added: “I’m a very proud father.”
This year’s entrants were judged by midwives Roberta Thompson and Sue Wallace, from the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
The competition was split into four different age categories with rosettes and cash prizes awarded to the winners.
They were presented by the Feast Queen, Tia Willgress and her attendants Rebecca McKie and Olivia Kidson.
The winner of the six months to a year group was Jaydyn Forbes.
The 12 months to 18 months category went to Huw Roberts while Mia Bishop was the winner in the 18 months to 30 months range.
Mandy Farrell, of Greatham Feast committee, said: “The baby show is always a popular event.
“It is one of the highlights of the feast along with the fancy dress parade.
“We didn’t get many new babies enter this year but there was still a good crowd.”
Judge Roberta Thompson said: “It’s always really hard to chose a winner. I thought every one of them was fabulous.”
Greatham Feast continues this weekend.
The highlight is the fancy dress parade and fete which takes place today from The Smiths Arms pub from 1pm.
Attractions at the fete include displays by the Northern School of Music, Val Armstrong School of Dance and Ruff Diamond.
There will also be a glamorous grandmother competition, stalls and games and Hartlepool United monkey mascots H’Angus and Victoria.
l See Monday’s Mail for more from the weekend’s events.