THE FIRST winner of the Merseyside Elf Championship was crowned in Wirral.
Ellen Burrell, eight, from Moreton, joined 50 other “elves” in the contest at the Grange and Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead, on Saturday.
She said: “It was very surprising to win and I am very happy to be the Champion Elf.
“It was really good fun and I am looking forward to telling my friends about it at school.
“I helped my mum make my costume and so I would like to say thank you to her for helping me win.”
Charlotte Hughes, nine, from Spital was runner-up.
Charlotte, a pupil at Redcourt St Anselm’s, said: “I am very happy because I didn’t think I was going to win anything.
“My gran made my outfit for me and I decorated it so I am really pleased that I have got a prize and my gran will be too.”
Ellen and Charlotte won prizes from the Early Learning Centre, Argos, The Perfume Shop and Max Spielmann.
Head judge Father Christmas was joined by Derek Millar, commercial director of the Grange and Pyramids, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral to pick the winners.
Mr Millar said: “It was terrific to see so many families joining us for the championship and I can’t tell you how difficult it was to decide on a winner.
“We had such an amazing age range too from little baby elves to more grown-up ones and they all played their part in making the championships a huge success.”
The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Gerry Ellis, said: “We were delighted to be part of the whole experience and the children and their mums and dads went to a huge effort preparing costumes and were really showing their support for the championship.”