Mel Stride

    HUNDREDS of primary school pupils have entered a competition to design their Member of Parliament’s Christmas Card. For the fourth year running, Central Devon MP Mel Stride has invited pupils in the 43 primary schools in his constituency to showcase their artistic talent. The winning drawing will appear on the front, and two runners-up on the back of more than 1,000 cards he will send out this year to organisations he has visited during the previous 12 months, as well as friends, family and fellow MPs and ministers. Last year the competition was won by Tedburn St Mary pupil Hannah Scott (age 10) with a wonderful picture of two penguins in the snow.

    This year’s competition is being sponsored by Glendinning in Ashburton, the largest independent supplier of quarry and concrete products in Devon and Cornwall.

    Mr Stride said:

    “Sending out Christmas cards has never been more fun than during the last four years where sieving through some brilliant and imaginative drawings from primary school pupils in my constituency has been a real treat. This year has been no exception – the creativity has been fantastic and it is great that so many schools have continued to get involved.”

    Barry Wilson from Glendinning, who will choose the winner and two runners-up, added:

    “We are delighted to be sponsoring the competition and who knows, the winning card could even end up on the mantelpiece at No. 10 Downing Street!”

    Photo: Mel Stride MP looking through the entries to the competition to design his 2016 Christmas Card.