Kelso pupil wins MP’s Christmas card competition

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Budding young artist Jenni Heatlie has won Borders MP Calum Kerr’s Christmas card competition.

The Kelso High School S2 pupil painted Eyemouth Harbour in the snow which was chosen for the front of Mr Kerr’s card this year.

It was picked as the winner in the contest – open to high schools across the region – by well known Borders artist Rob Hain and it has gone out to hundreds of people.

Now the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP has personally rewarded Jenni for her work by visiting her school and presenting her with a framed copy of the card.

A secnd framed copy was given to the new head of the school, Jill Lothian.

Calum said: “We had a fantastic standard of entries with pupils from a number of high schools across the Borders submitting their designs.

“They were all really good and we were delighted with the response, but it was Jenni’s depiction of Eyemouth Harbour which really caught Rob’s eye.

“It was a terrific seasonal representation of one of our most iconic scenes and the snow captured the idea of Christmas brilliantly.”

Jenni explained: “I chose the view of the harbour because I went to Eyemouth every week for Highland dancing practice - I was entering the world championships.

“I’m delighted to have won this.”

And Jill Lothian said: “I’m so proud of Jenni. It was a great achievement.”

Calum’s card was funded by a number of key sponsor organisations including Spark of Selkirk, Scotmas of Kelso and Mainetti of Jedburgh.

The surplus, along with a donation from Calum himself, will go to the Radio Borders Cash for Kids appeal, with a cheque being presented in the new year.