THE WAIT is over and the Dispatch can now unveil the much-anticipated names of the winners in our prestigious Dispatch Child Of The Year competition.
Top of the tots in the zero-to-12-month category is Stacy Nuttall. The winner of the 13-to-24-months section is Andrew-James Akers. And the chosen child in the 25-to-36 months category is Lexie Grace Woodfield.
Readers took part in their droves to vote for their favourite youngsters in the competition.
Now the families of the three winners are celebrating after hearing the news that their child is one of the winners.
The youngest of the trio is Stacy, who is just five months old and lives on Holly Close, Hucknall, with her parents, Debbie (35) and Sean (36), and five brothers and sisters — Lisa (15), Laura (16), Sophie (ten), Sarah (seven) and Brandon (five).
Debbie, who works at Tesco Express on Annesley Road, said: “I can’t believe it. We only decided to enter her out of the blue and never thought she would win.
“But we did encourage as many family and friends to vote as possible and it has obviously paid off.”
Next to be crowned is Andrew-James, who is known to family and friends as ‘AJ’.
He is due to celebrate his second birthday next Thursday (August 11) and is son to proud mum Francesca Akers, of Falcon Way, Hucknall.
Francesca (21) decided to enter Andrew-James when spotting a photo session for the competition at the main Tesco store off Ashgate Road in the town.
But it was her mum, Julie Akers, and twin daughter Rebecca, both of Barbara Square, Hucknall, who chose the photo for the final entry.
When told Andrew-James had won, Julie said: “I am delighted. That’s wonderful news. My legs have gone all wobbly.
“I must thank everyone who voted for him and made this possible.”
The third winner is Lexie, who turned two in March.
She lives with mum and dad Kayleigh Spencer (24) and Gary Woodfield (45) on Versailles Gardens, Hucknall.
What’s more, she follows a family tradition. For Gary’s daughter, Lauren Woodfield, who is now 17, was one of the winners in the inaugural Dispatch Baby Of The Year contest 16 years ago.
Kayleigh, who has just qualified as a teacher, said: “I am very pleased with the news. I can’t believe it.”
Each winner will receive a specialist black-and-white acrylic-framed photograph to commemorate their success.