Colourful bonnets brighten up Easter

Top bonnet was sported by Tamzin Brigden (2)
Top bonnet was sported by Tamzin Brigden (2)

Pupils from Portsmouth and Horndean schools compete in tech contest

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WHAT a bonnie little lady!

Modelling the latest in this year’s Easter bonnet fashion is two-year-old Tamzin Brigden.

She walked away the worthy winner of the Puddleduck Day Nursery’s Easter bonnet competition.

She may look a little underwhelmed with her win, but Tamzin’s mum, Kirsty Brigden, said she was very pleased.

She added: ‘Most Sundays we get creative and Tamzin loves to get her hands dirty and sticky.’

Tamzin’s mum might have been in charge of most of the glueing and sticking, but it was the fashion-savvy youngster who decided where everything should be placed on her bonnet.

From pieces of straw to bunnies and chicks, everything had its place.

Kirsty said: ‘Making the hat was a mess.

‘There was straw everywhere and we looked like we’d come out of a barn when we finished!

‘She knew where she wanted everything put, and I had to put it there.

‘I was a bit surprised she won because the daffodils we’d put on the hat were looking a bit tired.

‘Tamzin is very creative. She likes to draw and I’m very proud of her.’

There were seven winners in the competition, which saw around 50 hats on display at the Southsea nursery.

Nursery manager Sue Mooney said: ‘It was fantastic and they were all so good.

‘It was very difficult to choose a winner.’

The winning hats were chosen by retired local business woman Eileen Pentley.

After Tamzin in second place was Georgie Morgan;, third was Tara-Mae Hanley-Jones; fourth place went to Jenson Knipe; fifth was Eleanor Richardson; in joint-sixth position was Bradley Armstrong and Alexander Walsh, and in seventh place was Joshua Ost.

Each of the winners were given Easter eggs.

The competition was dreamed up as a way of paying tribute to the ladies of Portsmouth past, who would have worn their new Easter bonnets during walks in the park.

The children were sent home with a special bonnet kit, which they had to make up.

Sue added: ‘All the parents were behind it which was fantastic.’