Time to vote for the winner in the Sunderland Echo Bonny Baby contest

Mitchell Lay (Vote 02), Holly Hutchinson (Vote 01) and Brandon Watson (Vote 03) are our finalists.
Mitchell Lay (Vote 02), Holly Hutchinson (Vote 01) and Brandon Watson (Vote 03) are our finalists.
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LOOK at these little Christmas crackers.

They are all winners in the eyes of their parents, but only one can win the overall crown.

Winner of the 0-18 months category is the only girl in our final, pint-sized princess Holly Mitchinson.

Holly, one, from Town End Farm, impressed the judges for being a natural in front of the camera.

Mum Vicky Walker, 22, said: “I was over the moon when I found out she had won her category over all those other kids.

“A lot of my friends put their children into Bonny Babies every year, so I thought I’d take Holly along.

“I’ve kept the paper from when she was in to show her when she’s older.”

Cheeky chappy Mitchell Lay, two, from Downhill, won his 18-months to three years category, thanks to his infectious grin.

His mum, Lynn Huggins, who is also mum to Shawnee, 17, said: “There was so many other kids in his age range that I was shocked he won his category.

“A few people have said he should do modelling, I think it’s because of his cheeky smile.

“I’ve put his picture up on the fridge and he keeps pointing and laughing.

“I remember entering Shawnee into Bonny Babies when she was younger too.”

Our third finalist is three-year-old Brandon Walton, from Pennywell.

Mum Elaine Walton, 30, said: “I’m a very proud parent.

“He seems to be a natural in front of the camera. They have a competition at Wilkinson’s too and he’s won his category in that twice.

“He knows he’s made it to the final, but he just takes it in his stride.

“All his friends and family are waiting with their phones for when the vote opens.”

HOW TO VOTE (Deadline midnight on Tuesday):

TEXT: Simply text SEC BB followed by a space then the vote number for your baby, followed by a space and then your name, plus house name or number and postcode (max.160 characters) and send to 61500.

For example, SEC (space) BB (space) 01 (space) John Smith 1 SR4 9ER – send to 61500. Texts cost 50p plus standard network rates.  

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