Harvey Dumper from Southampton wins Child of the Year competition

SMILEY: Harvey Dumper with his mum and dad Katie Taylor and Joe Dumper

SMILEY: Harvey Dumper with his mum and dad Katie Taylor and Joe Dumper

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Harvey Dumper has been crowned top of the gorgeous tots in the Daily Echo’s Child of the Year competition.

The 13-month-old from Southampton beat dozens of cute rivals to the top spot, making parents Katie Taylor and Joe Dumper proud.

It was thanks to his mother Katie that Harvey was in the running after she heard about the contest through a friend who had entered her daughter.

Katie and her mother were wandering through The Marlands shopping centre in Southampton, which was hosting photographic sittings for the competition, and she decided to give it a go.

Judges chose Harvey as their overall winner after picking winners in each of the four age categories – 0 to nine months, 10 to 18 months, 19 to 36 months, and three to five years.

Harvey and his mother live with her parents in Poulner Close, Weston, but Katie and partner Joe, 22, of Boyatt Wood, who works as a chef in a Chandler’s Ford care home, are hoping to find their own place together soon.

Born in the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, Harvey is just learning to walk.

But Katie thinks it is Harvey’s smile that puts him above the rest.

“He’s always smiling, he’s quite a happy baby,” said the 19-year-old, who is a qualified hairdresser but currently a full-time mother.

“Lots of people tell me he is cute and happy. I feel really proud. I was quite surprised as I didn’t even know he’d got into the finals.

“I thought he might win the category, but not overall.”

Harvey will receive a host of prizes, including a glass bowl, a print of their winning photo and vouchers to spend at outlets within The Marlands, which this year celebrates its 20th year of sponsoring the Child of the Year competition.

 

 

 

AGE-GROUP WINNERS

0 to nine months:

1st: Max Harris

2nd: Courtney-Rose Turner

3rd: Jack Palmer

 

10 to 18 months:

1st: Harvey Dumper

2nd: Layla Cowans

3rd: James Elmes

 

19 to 18 months:

1st: Ty Hawkins

2nd: Harry Paxton

3rd: Lloyd Runnalls

 

Three to five years:

1st: Harry Loines

2nd: Brooke Oliver

3rd: Elliot Norris

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11:11am Tue 26 Aug 14

elvisimo says...

what a toe curlingly cringey competition. Are we back in the 1960s' - a contest based of kids looks?? Child of the Year? for doing what? Anyone who entered their "precious" in this sort of thing should be shot!
what a toe curlingly cringey competition. Are we back in the 1960s' - a contest based of kids looks?? Child of the Year? for doing what? Anyone who entered their "precious" in this sort of thing should be shot! elvisimo
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12:11pm Tue 26 Aug 14

SwedeSaint says...

Competition for knöbhead parents.
'Child of the Year' How? Why? Absolute nonsense.
Competition for knöbhead parents. 'Child of the Year' How? Why? Absolute nonsense. SwedeSaint
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12:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

MrD+8! says...

Well done Harvey! Every parent, grandparent sees beauty and gorgeousness in their family BUT it's very nice to be assured that others see it too and you're not just biased! All good honest fun and a great event for you to remember and laugh about in the future - we all need milestones in our lives and you can't get better than voted the best at anything especially being gorgeous and bringing joy to so many happy people! Well done again form Grandad!
Well done Harvey! Every parent, grandparent sees beauty and gorgeousness in their family BUT it's very nice to be assured that others see it too and you're not just biased! All good honest fun and a great event for you to remember and laugh about in the future - we all need milestones in our lives and you can't get better than voted the best at anything especially being gorgeous and bringing joy to so many happy people! Well done again form Grandad! MrD+8!
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2:15pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Rachie says...

Katie's a fab Mum so I'm not sure that commenting on her parenting abilities is appropriate at all! Harvey is beautiful and I'm not at all surprised he won. xxx
Katie's a fab Mum so I'm not sure that commenting on her parenting abilities is appropriate at all! Harvey is beautiful and I'm not at all surprised he won. xxx Rachie
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5:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

elvisimo says...

MrD+8! wrote:
Well done Harvey! Every parent, grandparent sees beauty and gorgeousness in their family BUT it's very nice to be assured that others see it too and you're not just biased! All good honest fun and a great event for you to remember and laugh about in the future - we all need milestones in our lives and you can't get better than voted the best at anything especially being gorgeous and bringing joy to so many happy people! Well done again form Grandad!
i feel a tad sick
[quote][p][bold]MrD+8![/bold] wrote: Well done Harvey! Every parent, grandparent sees beauty and gorgeousness in their family BUT it's very nice to be assured that others see it too and you're not just biased! All good honest fun and a great event for you to remember and laugh about in the future - we all need milestones in our lives and you can't get better than voted the best at anything especially being gorgeous and bringing joy to so many happy people! Well done again form Grandad![/p][/quote]i feel a tad sick elvisimo
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8:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

forest hump says...

glorified dog and pony show. shame on the attention seeking parents
glorified dog and pony show. shame on the attention seeking parents forest hump
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