Modelling toddler crowned a king after winning first pageant

Modelling baby, 16-month-old Lucas Marsden from Denaby Main. Photo by Castle View Images
Modelling baby, 16-month-old Lucas Marsden from Denaby Main. Photo by Castle View Images

A toddler has returned to his Denaby Main home a king after winning his first modelling pageant.

16-month-old Lucas Kennedy Marsden won the title of king twice, the highest title available in his age group, at the Once Upon A Christmas Sparkle Winter Wonderland pageant in Liverpool at the end of last month.

He also won sashes for most handsome, and rosettes for best personality, best dressed and sweetheart.

For his king titles, he won two crowns and a hamper which contained a JCB sit and ride tractor, Disney’s Frozen pyjamas, a selection box, sweets and chocolates.

Lucas’ proud mum, Kimberley Westgarth, 29, said: “Lucas’ pageant was fantastic. It was such a great experience. I enjoyed the day thoroughly and Lucas did too.

“I couldn’t believe what he won. We nearly couldn’t fit it all in the car as we didn’t anticipate walking away with all of that.”

Lucas was one of four boys to compete in the pageant, and only one of two boys in his age group, zero to five years.

He competed in three rounds; formal, outfit of choice and winter wear.

For the formal round, he wore a tweed suit and matching waistcoat, for the outfit of choice round he wore a sailor outfit and for the winter wear round he wore a jumper and trouser set provided by his clothes sponsor Ashlea’s Kidz of Coinsbrough.

Due to his young age, Lucas was not asked to perform a routine, instead he walked in front of the judges to show off his outfits.

“Lucas seemed a natural in stage. He was running across the stage and posing when he saw the camera. He even blew a kiss to one of the judges.

“He smiled at them. They waved at him and shouted him to get a reaction. The judges were brilliant, they made every contestant feel special.

“I was so proud of him. He wasn’t fazed by any of it. I was more nervous than him,” said Kimberley.

Lucas also raised 137.50 for the pageant’s chosen charity, national autism society, by holding a raffle and selling his mum’s homemade cupcakes to family and friends.

Kimberley has not committed to Lucas doing any more pageants yet, but she said she would definitely consider putting him in one again.

“It’s such a lovely community. Everyone is there for the same reason, the kids enjoy all of the fun and the fabulous crowns that are on offer,” she said.

Kimberley also plans to organise more charity events, such as raffles and family fun days.

Money raised will be donated to Dementia UK as Lucas’ grandfather, Barrie Westgarth, 72, was diagnosed with dementia in 2007.

Money will also be given to other charities.

To find out more about the charity events Kimberley is planning, visit