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Bambeenies organises first ever baby show

Jenny Teale of Bambeenies, pictured with young Jayden Wishart, is organising Shetland's first ever baby show later this month.

CLICKIMIN will host Shetland’s first ever Baby and Children Show and Awards later this month.

Set up by local children’s group Bambeenies, the two-day event will see services and business across the islands come together to showcase what they have on offer for parents and children in Shetland.

A rich array of stands will cover the Bowls Hall on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August between 10am and 5pm.

Organiser Jenny Teale promises there will be something for everyone, with the NHS, Parent Link, the Bruce Family Centre, retailers, small businesses and childcare providers all taking part.

The stage will be set for a packed weekend of demonstrations too, allowing services and businesses to step into the light and showcase what they do best.

That will include a car seat demonstration through Harry’s Department Store, a real nappy and sling one, a bubble extravaganza from Bambeenies and some visiting princesses and superheroes to wow the little ones.

The weekend will be rounded off with another first – the Baby and Children Awards ceremony.

The Shetland public nominated their favourites in the first round of the awards and are now voting for the winners. Voting closes this weekend and all voting and nomination stages have been independently verified by John Pottinger of JLP Internet.

The ceremony is being hosted by former Up Helly Aa guizer jarl John Hunter, with awards being dished out for best baby and children retailer, best child-friendly café, best club/group and many others.

The penultimate award is the Shetland Choice Award, which will be given to the group/service or person who has made a difference to families across Shetland. You can vote online at www.bambeenies.co.uk.

Jenny said: “I am terrified and excited all at once! It’s very daunting organising such a large-scale event for the first time, but also extremely exciting. The line-up for the weekend is just so fantastic – I can’t wait for it to start!”

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