Hey Lilah! Cutie is our 2018 Top Tots star

Top Tots winner 1-year-old Lilah Jacques
Top Tots winner 1-year-old Lilah Jacques
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Little Lilah Jacques checks out her prize after being named the winner of the coveted Gazette Top Tots competition 2018.

The one-year-old, from Layton, Blackpool, beat off competition from all the other youngsters to be crowned this year’s champion.

And it’s a case of history repeating itself after Lilah’s mum Shauna, who works at Blackpool’s retail store Boutique, revealed she is a previous winner of a Gazette competition when she too was a pint-sized cutie back in the mid-1990s.

Mum Shauna McGovern, 24, said: “It was very rewarding and I’m very proud of her!”

And she admitted her own title was “the main reason why we put her in [the competition], just to see if she would win too.”

Lilah was presented with a trophy and a bundle of goodies by Toyland Blackpool’s branch manager Tracey Clarke, and she also received a framed portrait and a £50 gift voucher for Marks and Spencer.

Shauna is now looking forward to treating her Top Tots superstar to some new clothes from M&S.

Sue Bentley, The Gazette’s promotions manager, said: “Considering we ran the competition during the worst of the recent sub-zero weather, we received some fantastic entries. Congratulations to Shauna and Lilah - I think we can agree Lilah is a true cutie.”