Louisa’s tipple (or two) pays off to win contest

SMILES Liz Hicks with her aunt Louisa Parsons  Picture: Allan Hutchings (114503-090)
SMILES Liz Hicks with her aunt Louisa Parsons Picture: Allan Hutchings (114503-090)

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POSING in a bright red tinsel hat, this picture of 88-year-old Louisa Parsons enjoying her Christmas dinner scooped our festive photo contest.

We asked you to send in your snaps for One Christmas Day

And this delightful study of Louisa with a twinkle in her eye was judged to be the best.

It was taken by her great niece 21-year-old Laura Smith, but the inspiration behind the shot was Louisa’s niece Elizabeth Hicks, 52, of Greenwood Avenue, Cosham.

Elizabeth said taking pictures of her aunt with a Christmas tipple or two – in this case two bottles of Baileys – had become something of a family tradition.

She said: ‘Aunt Lou has a great sense of humour and we get a picture of her every year with a drink of one kind or another. It’s become a standing joke in the family.

‘I like taking cheeky pictures of people surrounded by drink and when I saw Aunt Lou with a couple of bottles of Baileys, either side of her dinner, I got Laura to take it quickly.’

And the mother and daughter’s eye-catching photograph, entered by Elizabeth, has won The News One Christmas Day contest.

Elizabeth captioned her picture: ‘I’ll just have a tipple or two with my Christmas dinner... hic, hic.’

For the annual competition we asked you to take a picture at some point on Christmas Day, no matter where you were or what you were doing.

Picture editor Dean Kedward said: ‘Out of the dozens of great pictures emailed to us, this quirky, offbeat picture of Louisa really stood out.

‘It really captures all the fun of a typically-happy, family Christmas Day which is what the competition is all about.’

Elizabeth and Laura’s entry wins them a £100 gift voucher to spend at Garsons Garden Centre which sponsored the competition.

The centre, at Titchfield, near Fareham, stocks a large range of goods including food, plants, gifts and homeware.

Louisa is a resident at Harry Sotnick House nursing home in Cranleigh Avenue, Buckland, Portsmouth.

But this winning entry was taken at the home of Alice and Arthur Smith – Elizabeth’s parents and Louisa’s sister and brother-in-law – at Cheslyn Road, Copnor.

Elizabeth added: ‘Winning the competition will make Aunt Lou’s Christmas and give her something else to celebrate on January 9 when she’ll be 89.

‘She loves to spend a bit of time on Christmas Day with her sister. She’s been doing it for years and really enjoys it.

‘And, yes, she really does enjoy a tipple with her Christmas dinner.’