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Baby of the Year: Prizes presented to Shropshire winners

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The winners of the Shropshire Star’s first-ever Baby of the Year competition have been presented with their prizes.

Cale and Arlo Luscott with parents Lauren O’Hanlon and Mark Luscott from Newport with Star editor Martin Wright

Each of the category winners were presented with a cheque for £500 in the ceremony at the Star’s head office in Ketley, Telford – with the overall winner picking up an additional £250.

More than 650 babies entered the contest, which launched in May this year – and in total more than 56,000 votes were submitted by parents, family and friends in the quest to find a winner.

Louie Gwilliam, of Telford, won the zero to nine months category; Orla Durkan, of Shrewsbury, 10-18 months; Caleb Luscott, of Newport, 19-35 months; and Alexandra-Bliss Sevilla, of Telford, the three to five-year-old category.

Louie Gwilliam with parents Stacey Edwards and Stuart Gwilliam from Dawley Bank, Telford
Orla Durkam pictured with her brother Tyler and parents Steph and James from Shrewsbury
Alexandra Sevilla with her parents Girlie and Jason who live in Hadley, Telford

Caleb polled the most votes overall, meaning his parents picked up an additional £250 in prize money.

Shropshire Star editor Martin Wright said the response to the competition had been astonishing.

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“To have 650 babies taking part and then to have 56,000 votes submitted demonstrates just what a popular competition this was,” he said.

“It is an incredible response. I would like to congratulate each of our winners for taking part and for mobilising their family and friends when it came to collecting the tokens. I hope they all enjoy their winnings.”

The competition saw photographer Andrea Powell and the Shropshire Star team snapping pictures of hundreds of youngsters from across the county over a two-week period.

More than 650 children were photographed during the sessions at the Darwin Centre in Shrewsbury and at Telford Shopping Centre.

Andy Maxwell, circulation sales manager for the Shropshire Star, said he too was thrilled at the response: “It is our first-ever event so it was a bit of a jump into the unknown and we did not know what to expect but we were overwhelmed with the response."

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