Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has held his fourth annual Christmas Card Competition for school children within his constituency. The school children are invited to submit their designs to Mr Beattie, who then selects his favourite design to be used as the Christmas card which he sends across the area to constituents, businesses, colleagues, charities and local organisations. Book vouchers are awarded to the winner and the two runners up, as well as to the three best overall classes. The top prizes this year were a £60 book voucher for the Individual Category and a £100 book voucher for the Best Class Overall Category.
Judging for the Christmas Card competition took place with Monica Patterson, Chief Executive of East Lothian Council, and Jo Stewart, Co-Founder of Stewart Brewing. The competition was very popular once again this year, receiving a large number of entries from schools across Midlothian and East Lothian.
This year’s winner was Amelia Luckyn-Malone, a P5 pupil from St Matthew’s RC Primary School. 2nd place was Beth Pitcaithly from Wallyford and 3rd prize was Debbie Lawal from Loretto RC.
For the overall class prizes, winners were 1st place - P6H at Wallyford Primary School, 2nd place - P3P at Lasswade Primary School, and 3rd – P5 at Paradykes Primary School.
Colin Beattie MSP commented:
“I always thoroughly enjoy holding the Christmas Card Competition for school pupils across the constituency, as it highlights the level of skill and creativity our local children possess. The card designs are always imaginative and unique, and choosing a winner is always a tough decision.
“I hoped this year especially to provide local youngsters with something to look forward to, following what has been a very challenging year with Covid-19.
“I would like to thank all the schools who got involved in the competition, and to thank all the children who worked hard on their designs. It was certainly a difficult competition to judge! A special congratulations to Amelia on winning – I am sure that all those who receive my Christmas card will be delighted to receive such a special card, designed by a local child.”