Chance to show off your bonny bairns

Grace with her mum Sammantha
Grace with her mum Sammantha

IT’S here again.

The Hartlepool Mail’s Bonny Babies competition is being launched this month and all you doting parents have the chance to show off your beautiful babes.

We are looking for the top tot to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Grace-Louise Haggar, who was crowned the winner of the Bonny Baby 2010 competition.

There are three categories in this year’s competition and they are for age groups of birth to 18 months, 18 months up to three years, and three years up to five years.

All the winners get a 16ins by 12ins canvas print worth £125 and first place also gets a Middleton Grange Shopping Centre gift voucher worth £100, second £50 and third £30.

All you need to do to enter is fill in the coupon which can be found in the Mail today on Page 30.

Then just take it with you to the studio in the Central Square in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, between Tuesday, October 18, and Saturday, October 29 (excluding Sunday, October 23), where your child will be professionally photographed free of charge.

You will then be given an appointment to choose which photograph will appear in the Mail and be entered into the competition.

All entries will then appear in the Mail in the following weeks.

There were around 500 entries last year and 1,894 votes were cast in the final rounds.

Grace won the 18 months-3 years category and came out on top and her proud mum Sammantha Pearson, 21, said: “I obviously think she’s gorgeous, and I’m sure every parent thinks the same about their child.

“But to be voted the bonniest baby is wonderful. All the family voted and we are all so, so proud of her.”

Grace, who was two at the time, was crowned overall winner ahead of Bailey Summers who won the 3-5 years category and in third place overall was 0-18 months category winner Alfie Blaine.

So get your entries in and good luck.