Cute Kids contest is a hit at Hartlepool Carnival

The winners and runners-up of the Cute Kidz Competition.
The winners and runners-up of the Cute Kidz Competition.

There was a carnival atmosphere in Hartlepool as a traditional children’s contest took place at the weekend.

Almost 50 children up to the age of 10, took part in the Cute Kidz competition held at The Headland Social Club in Thorston Lane, Hartlepool.

The event is one of a number of activities taking place as part of the Hartlepool Carnival.

Families with youngsters of all ages packed the concert room of the club on Saturday as they watched their children take part in the traditional event.

There were four categories: birth to one-year-old, two to four years, five to seven years and eight to 10 years.

Dressed in their finest clothes, with their hair styled, all would-be winners were asked to stand infront of judges who picked who they thought deserved the top spot.

Stacey Slimmings, 22, was at the event with partner John Bassan, 22.

They had entered their nine-month-old daughter Rumer Grace Bassan, who went onto win the birth to one-year-old section.

Miss Slimmings said: “I come with my family every year, and this year with me having Rumer, I decided to enter her.

“I’m just over the moon she has won. I was really nervous this morning putting her forward, but I’m so glad I did.

“It’s a great event for the community as it brings everyone together. I’ll definitely be coming back next year.”

In the two to four-year-olds section Oliver George Wilkins was named as the winner.

The two-year-old, who took the top spot last year, followed in the tradition of his older brother Lewis, eight, and sister Lexi, six, who have both been chosen as winners in the past.

His dad, Adam Wilkins, said: “I just seen the competition advertised and decided to come down with the three of them again.

“It is a good event and the kids enjoy taking part. I’m delighted Oliver has won.” A spokesman for the carnival said: “The competition is a traditional event which people expect to be held as part of the carnival.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who came down, the turnout has been brilliant.

“I’d also like to thank the continued support we received from our local traders.”

A sandcastle design contest will take place tomorrow at Fish Sands from 10am to noon. There are two categories – those aged five to nine years and 10 to 15 years.

Cash prizes are up for grabs for the best design.

If anyone is able to support any of the events this year or in the future by volunteering some of their free time, they can email for further information.

Competition winners were:

0-one year old category:

1. Rumer Grace Bassam

2. Rhyle-Jaxon Ringwood

3. Imogen Maloney

Two to four years:

1. Oliver George Wilkins

2. Mia Cameron

3. Leah Hind

Five to seven years:

1. Alexia Butterfield

2. Robyn Allard

3. Ciara Hanson

Eight to 10 years

1.Taylor Lupton

2. Lewis Wilkins

3. Kaydee Metcalfe