EAGLESFIELD school pupil Poppy Muir has won a bike after capturing the character of Christmas by painting a colourful farmyard scene.
The 11-year-old’s work caught the eye of judges in the annual competition to design a festive greetings card front cover for local MP David Mundell and constituency MSP Oliver Mundell.
Poppy’s entry took top spot out of four finalists in the long-established contest to design the widely-circulated seasonal message.
She was presented with her gleaming prize after learning the news at a school assembly attended by the MP and MSP and said she was looking forward to cycling near her rural home.
Poppy’s painting graces the father and son parliamentary team’s official card with 2024 calendar, which is posted to organisations and individuals across the local UK and Scottish Parliament constituencies.
Copies are also sent to The King, UK Prime Minister and Scottish First Minister.
The three runners-up in the competition, who won Amazon vouchers, were Martha Johnstone, Langholm Primary School; Nell Currie, Caerlaverock Primary School and Stuart Ward, Black Mount Primary School.
All the finalists’ contributions appear on page two of the card and they also each received a mug featuring their design and a framed photograph of the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street viewing the original sized artwork.
David said: “I was yet again greatly impressed by the number and quality of entries we received from schools across the constituency. Every pupil taking part deserves great credit.”
Oliver added: “In this age of fast-paced digital communication and social media I firmly believe there remains an appreciation of the traditional Christmas Card and the local pupils’ designs make these very special.”
Both politicians expressed their thanks to the pupils and staff at all the participating schools.