Bonny baby contest cancelled, as it’s “unfair”

Organisers of a Wiltshire carnival refuse to judge babies based on looks - but the mayor has launched a new show in protest

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A carnival in Wiltshire has scrapped the Bonny Baby Contest because the organisers think it’s “no longer an appropriate item”.

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Angry mothers have organised an alternative carnival, called the Mayor’s Baby Show, in protest.

Pete Smith, the mayor of Devizes, the Wiltshire town where the carnival will take place, said: “The mums said it was political correctness gone mad and I agree – it’s bloody stupid.

“The committee are doing a good job and that, but people like the old fashioned stuff.  They like to take their kids along and say ‘Granny did this when she was a little girl’,” he told swns.com.

Dave Buxton, artistic director of Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts, which organises the carnival, said: “Devizes Carnival is a really modern carnival with hundreds of people taking part. Do you really think it is a good idea to judge babies and decide which ones are the best?

“There are some people that want it, but it is a handful of people. If you look at the carnival over the years, all sorts of things have come and gone – fashions change.”

Education expert, Susan Elkin, @SusanElkinJourn, agrees with the committee’s decision, tweeting: “Totally with carnival committee on this one. Have always loathed idea of judging babies on cuteness.”

Another tweeter, @WelshToy, said it was irrelevant: “All babies look like Winston Churchill anyway.”

The carnival will be held on August 31 and the Mayor’s Baby Show will be on August 27.

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What do you think? Do you think these contests are harmless fun, or do you think it’s unfair to judge children based on their looks?

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