THE VOTES have been cast and Calderdale’s cutest kids can now be revealed.
Hundreds of youngsters smiled for the camera to enter the Courier’s Child of the Year competition - but there could only be three winners.
The prize for the most adorable tot went to two-year-old Amelia Downsborough, who topped the nought to two years age group.
Mum Carrie-Ann Tuck, of Siddal, said: “I’m really pleased and really chuffed - we didn’t expect it. We have a lot of family and friends that will have voted and I work in a hairdressers so I went a bit mad putting posters up!”
The winner in the three to seven years category was pretty five-year-old Lucy Collins, a pupil at Whitehill Community Primary School in Illingworth.
Mum Michelle Lewis, of Illingworth, said she was “over the moon”.
“I’ve never entered her before and last year when she saw all the little boys and girls in the paper she asked: ‘Mummy, why aren’t I in there?’
“There were some really bonny kids in it this year so we’re just really thrilled.”
Victory in the eight to 11 years age group went to nine-year-old Ella Mae Ashworth, a Halifax Blue Sox cheerleader and pupil at Rawson Junior and Infant School in Boothtown, Halifax.
Her proud mum Joy said: “It was a beautiful picture. She is very photogenic and a very pretty girl. “She could be a little model in the making.”
The competition attracted more than 2,300 votes, and the winners will receive £100 worth of Asda vouchers and a wall print of their photo.