Hun­dreds of en­tries for card com­pe­ti­tion

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

More than 300 en­tries from pupils in 30 pri­mary schools across the High­lands have been re­ceived for Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes’ an­nual Christ­mas card com­pe­ti­tion

As well as fea­tur­ing on the card, this year’s win­ning de­sign will also be show­cased on a Ne­vis Range moun­tain gon­dola at Aonach Mor near Ben Ne­vis.

En­tries have come in from across the con­stituency, in­clud­ing from Broad­ford, Car­bost, Drum­nadro­chit, Farr, Fort Wil­liam, Kin­gussie, Mal­laig, Raasay and Spean Bridge.

Ms Forbes said: ‘This is the third year in a row I’ve asked young peo­ple in pri­mary schools across the High­lands to de­sign a fes­tive Christ­mas card for my con­stituency and I’ve been blown away by the num­ber and the qual­ity of the en­tries.

‘I’m go­ing to have a very dif­fi­cult job pick­ing a win­ner. Even draw­ing up a short­list has been ex­cep­tion­ally hard.

‘All the en­tries will be dis­played in the win­dows of my con­stituency of­fice in Ding­wall.’

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch added: ‘Per­haps this year’s win­ning prize has en­cour­aged a few more en­tries. I love the idea the skiers, snow­board­ers and tourists com­ing to Lochaber will head up the moun­tain in a gon­dola and see a fes­tive de­sign by a pri­mary school pupil.

‘This is about en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to get in­volved with some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent and I look for­ward to an­nounc­ing a win­ner next month.’

Chris O’Brien, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Ne­vis Range, agreed en­tries for this year’s Christ­mas card com­pe­ti­tion had been fan­tas­tic and is de­lighted Ne­vis Range is part of it.

‘The win­ning de­sign will be on one of our gon­do­las all win­ter and we can’t wait to see it,’ he said.

Ev­ery pri­mary school in the Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch con­stituency was sent a let­ter from Ms Forbes invit­ing them to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion, with the brief of an A5 draw­ing on the theme of a High­land win­ter, fea­tur­ing aspects of the re­gion’s land­scape, cul­ture and sports.

Kate Forbes with some of the en­tries for her Christ­mas card com­pe­ti­tion.

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