THE boys were back in town this week to pick up a prestigious honour.
For the cheeky trio that won our Child of the Year competition have picked up their awards.
The young lads showed that the boys are all right as they beat off stiff competition to land the accolades.
And it would seem that the girls did not stand a chance when our readers laid their eyes on this dynamic trio!
We received hundreds of votes for your favourite tots during June, so a big thank you to our readers.
As it turned out, three smiling, laughing, adorable little men were the trio that the Belper public fell in love with.
Coming top of the pile in the nought to 12 months category was bonny baby, eight-month-old Alfie Allsop.
Taking the prize in the 13 to 24 months section was cute youngster Aaron Kozimor-Gooding, two.
And victorious in the 25 to 36 months category was smiling Logan James Baker.
Two of the beaming youngsters came into our office in Ripley with their parents to be given their prize — a large black and white print that can be cherished for years to come.
Jason and Katie Allsop, of John O’Gaunts Way, Belper, popped in with little Alfie, who won the 0-12 months old age category.
The proud parents gleefully posed for a photograph with their pride and joy.
Jason, 40, and Katie, 34, said: “We are chuffed to bits that Alfie won. We cannot believe it.”
Little Aaron Kozimor-Gooding came along to pick up his picture with mum Tilly, 19, and dad Daniel, 21.
Daniel, and Aaron’s proud mum, of Applewood Close, Belper, were delighted their son won.
“We are very pleased,” said Daniel. “The photograph looks brilliant.
“The fact that we won is a massive surprise.”
Logan Baker, three, and parents Helen, 30, and Lee, 30, were unable to make it to our office to pick up the prize.
So we popped along to drop it off at their home on Whitehouse Rise, Belper.
Belper News Editor Julie Crouch said: “Our Child of the Year competition is always a big success. Our entrants are always so lovely.
“I’m glad the winners are chosen by the public — if I had to select them it would be so hard as they are all so cute.
“I would like to congratulate our winners and their families this year.
“We are very pleased to hand over their winning framed photographs, in which they all looked beautiful of course. Their pictures, we know, will take pride of place in their families’ homes.
“We hope to run Child of the Year again next year as it’s been such a success. I look forward to seeing next year’s entrants so look out for details in the Belper News — and you never know your lovely youngster could be one of next time’s winners.”