AMID a year that has been difficult for all of us, babies have continued to bring a ray of sunshine to families around south Essex.

The coronavirus pandemic means 2020 will be remembered by the vast majority of us for all the wrong reasons.

But newborns have added joy to what has already turned out to be an unforgettable year.

We have been asking you to send photos of your new arrivals – and you did not disappoint.

If you want to see your bundle of joy featuring in our pages, simply complete our online form.

Scroll down to see some of our readers' adorable babies.

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

Newborn - Sadie Storm Hunt came into the world via c-section and weighed 7lbs 3oz at birth

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

Growing up quickly - Ryder William Rogers has brought a ray of sunshine to parents Jessica White and Jay Rogers’ lives

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

Showing off her cheeky smile - Sofia Kelly was born at Basildon Hospital, weighing 6lbs 2oz


Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

Smiling - Eliza Louise Joan Morton was born within 13 minutes, meaning there was no time for mother Araminta Morton to be induced

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Sisterly love - Zara May Tickett meets older sister Holly after being born at Southend Hospital on September 12