Huddersfield's bonniest babies in Examiner Baby of the Year 2010 ceremony
Dec 4 2010 by Anne-Marie Senior, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
THEY’RE so proud of their little Daisy, they persuaded people as far afield as Blackpool to vote for her.
Now, to celebrate her win as Examiner Baby of the Year 2010, Richard Whitaker and Kirsty Jacobs have pledged to build a shrine around their daughter’s coveted trophy.
The Newsome couple, of Ridge Close, were delighted as they shared the moment their 13-month-old smiler was crowned this year’s winner by Examiner editor Roy Wright.
Little Daisy-Mae took first place in the contest with more than 1,000 votes.
Richard said: “We’re very proud. We got all our friends on Facebook and at work to vote.
“We even got people we met in Blackpool to text in too.
“We’re so pleased and I think we’ll have to build a shrine around the cup she has won.”
The couple – who both work at UK Disposables Group in Meltham – can’t wait to tell Daisy about her success when she grows up.
Mum Kirsty, 27, said: “I still can’t believe it.
“The only reason I entered her was to get some nice photos done.”
A record 648 babies and toddlers entered the contest this year – 240 more than in 2009.
And with online polling introduced for the first time, a record number of almost 40,000 votes were cast, raising more than £1,500 for Huddersfield Common Good Trust.
Daisy was presented with £150 in high street vouchers, a 20 x 16 inch portrait worth £275 donated by John Woods Photography in Byram Arcade and a cast impression of her hands in a wooden frame worth £60 by Laura Lambert of Linthwaite company Precious Memories.
Examiner editor Roy Wright congratulated the family.
He said: “It was a spectacular turnout this year and the competition was more popular than ever. It is a great Examiner tradition and one we are delighted to see supported by so many people locally.”