Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan yesterday announced the winner of the annual schools’ competition to design his Christmas card.

The winner is Zoe Leparoux, a Primary 7 pupil from Sgoil Uig, whose design featured festive highland cattle with Santa in the sunset.

Alasdair Allan presented Zoe with an array of Scottish Parliament-themed prizes when he visited the school earlier this morning to announce the competition’s winner.

The island MSP has run the schools’ competition since he was first elected in 2007 and receives many hundreds of entries from schools across the Western Isles every year. The winning entry is sent out to over a thousand individuals and organisations across the constituency and across the country.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:“As always, it was very difficult to choose a winner from among the many wonderful and imaginative designs submitted by school children from across the islands. However, I am very proud to have Zoe’s design as my official Christmas card and I hope she enjoys her prizes.

“I would like to thank all of the pupils and schools who took part this year, as well as this year’s sponsors Horshader Community Development Trust, Hebridean Energy, Bob Golland Plumbing and Heating, Ken MacDonald & Co and The Blue Pig Studio in Carloway for their generous donations towards the cost of printing the card.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of my constituents a very happy and peaceful Christmas with their families.”

Alasdair Allan with Zoe Leparoux and other Sgoil Uig pupils