Published 08 December 2022

A festive drawing of a snowman created by a Clydebank school pupil has been chosen as the winner of the Provost’s 2022 Christmas card competition.

Niamh Hume’s design was picked out by Provost Douglas McAllister and will now feature on his official Christmas card, to be sent out to more than 300 individuals and organisations across West Dunbartonshire and beyond.

Every year the Provost selects one school from West Dunbartonshire to take part in the Christmas card competition and this year it was the turn of St Mary’s Primary School in Duntocher.

Niamh, who is in Primary 5 at the school, was the overall winner while designs by Emily Scott and Sean McPeake were voted runners-up.

All three names will be displayed on the winning Christmas card in recognition of their efforts.

The three finalists, accompanied by parents and teachers, met with Provost McAllister this week at Clydebank Town Hall where he was able to congratulate them in person and give them a tour of the building.

As winner, Niamh received a framed copy of her design, a gift voucher for £50 and a Christmas tree decoration engraved with her name.

Runners up Emily and Sean each received a £30 gift voucher and an engraved Christmas tree decoration.

Provost McAllister said: "Of the many engagements and duties as Provost, judging this competition ranks among the most enjoyable.

“Every year we receive fantastic designs from our primary school students and each time it seems to get harder to pick a winner.

“Niamh’s design with a jolly snowman wrapped up in his scarf and holding a candy cane brought a smile to my face because it captures the sense of joy that we all love to share at this special time of year.

"It’s such a pleasure to see that spirit of Christmas expressed by our young people and I’d like to thank the teachers at St Mary’s Primary for encouraging their pupils to explore their creative talents.

“Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who took part.”