Pictured: Lara Young’s winning design

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson has announced the winner of his first annual Midlothian constituency office Christmas card design competition.

The 2016 winner is Lara Young from Mauricewood Primary School’s P5 class, with her winning design being chosen by Mr. Thompson and his special guest judge Arlene Stuart (Forth One) from almost 600 entries.

Mr. Thompson recently visited Mauricewood Primary to congratulate Lara in person and present her with a certificate and book token along with a copy of her design on his card.

In addition to celebrating the artistic skills of Midlothian’s primary school pupils, the competition aimed to highlight the important work of Mr. Thompson’s nominated charities for 2016, which are Midaid, the Scottish Refugee Council and Women’s Aid East & Midlothian.

Mr Thompson also welcomed the sponsorship received from the following Midlothian companies: Bonnyrigg Flowers, Newtongrange’s Dean Tavern, Gorebridge’s Memories of India restaurant, and Stewart Brewing of Loanhead.

Congratulating the winner, Owen Thompson MP said:

“I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Lara Young on winning my first Christmas card competition.  The competition was fierce, with hundreds of entries from primary school pupils across Midlothian.  My fellow judge Arlene Stuart (Forth One) and I had a hard time making a decision, but overall we both agreed that Lara’s lovely and timeless drawing of Santa and Rudolph was the winner.

“Thank you to everyone who took part, and to all those who supported them in entering.  The quality of all the entries has been an indicator of the real artistic talent of the children of Midlothian.

“This winning card will be seen by many people and organisations across Midlothian and beyond, and this year highlights the vital work done by the nominated charities Midaid, the Scottish Refugee Council and Women’s Aid East & Midlothian.

“I would also like to thank the Midlothian businesses – Bonnyrigg Flowers, the Dean Tavern, Memories of India and Stewart Brewing – who offered very generous sponsorship which allowed this competition to take place.”