David presents Langholm's Lewis with Christmas prize

A talented young artist from Langholm has received an early Christmas present thanks to his winning design in David Mundell's annual Christmas card competition in Dumfriesshire.

Lewis Mackenzie, aged 9, who attends Langholm Primary was presented with a bike by his local MP after his entry was selected as the winner by players at Annan Athletic Football Club recently.

Mr Mundell, along with his son Oliver, who is the local MSP visited Langholm on December 9 to hand over the prize to Lewis.

The local MP also ran a competition for schools in the Clydesdale and Tweeddale areas of his vast constituency with the bikes kindly being given by Tony Few of Tiger Cycles in Moffat with one being donated by Scottish Power.

In a competition which saw 347 entries from school children across Dumfriesshire, the runners up were Lacie Freeman, aged 9 from Sanquhar Primary and Charlie Walker, aged 9 from Newington Primary in Annan who's designs are featured on the back of the card.

Commenting David Mundell MP said: "The standard of entries from youngsters in Dumfriesshire was once again extremely high this year so I don't envy the players at Annan Athletic football club who had to choose the winner from hundreds of designed cards.

"It is always one of the highlights of my year to be able to give an early Christmas present to a youngster and I could see the delight on Lewis's face when I awarded him his bike.

"The support for the Christmas card competition continues to grow and I thank all of those youngsters in Dumfriesshire who took the time to send such wonderful entries, with the artistic talent in our schools clear for all to see.

"My thanks also go to Tiger Cycles and Scottish Power for providing the excellent prize of a bike, which I hope Lewis will enjoy."