Troon and Crosshill entries win the 2018 Christmas banner competition

 22 November 2018  |  

A 14 year old from Troon and an eight year old from Crosshill are celebrating after winning a competition to bring added sparkle to South Ayrshire this Christmas. The designs will now take their place among the central attractions in Ayr town centre as part of an annual tie-in with local schools and sponsor, Owen Kerr Signs.

Mia Gallacher (14) is in third year at Marr College. Her winning image used a blend of water colours to bring a classic wintery scene featuring Santa Claus to life. Mia said she hoped the image would have universal appeal, "I brought in a collection of Christmas cards for inspiration and used some of the ideas and made them my own. I really wanted to make the image appealing to adults and children, that's why I used water colours to paint Santa."

Jack Dunabie (8) is in P4 at Crosshill Primary School. He created a striking image of a red nosed reindeer for his winning design. Jack said his inspiration was simple, "I really love reindeers because they pull Santa's Sleigh! I gave them baubles on their antlers to make it more Christmassy."

Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture said the competition had enjoyed a great response, "I was pleased to meet the two wining artists whose work will now be brightening up the town centre during the festive season.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the competition this year and would like to congratulate Mia and Jack for their winning entries – you should be rightly proud."

Patsy Devlin from Owen Kerr Signs said, "The competition is one of our favourite moments of the year and we're proud that so many people choose to get involved.

"With entries from every school in South Ayrshire we're always delighted by the breadth of creativity we see with this year's winning designs sure to bring a smile to the faces of shoppers in the run up to Christmas."

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