SEVEN Galashiels schools are celebrating after winning a national construction competition with a mural in Galashiels.

The brightly coloured artwork at Eildon Housing Association's Huddersfield Street development site has been crowned as one of the winners of the 2019 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition.

As part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the competition aims to fuel children's interest in the construction industry.

The collaboration saw pupils from St Peters', St Margaret's, Stow, Burgh, Tweedbank, Langlee and Clovenfords primary schools collaborate in the concept, design and painting stages to produce a champion end product.

Pupils also chose the theme of the artwork, and decided to showcase the reasons why they love living in the Scottish Borders.

Alison Lowrie, Hart Builders and Eildon Community Benefits Officer presented the schools with their award.

She said: "I am so pleased for all the children that took part. It has been a brilliant multi-school project with whole schools getting involved, from planning and designing to painting the amazing artwork.

"There was fierce competition with 83 entries from across the UK and Ireland, so for our site to be one of the winners is absolutely fantastic.

"What talented future artists we have in the Borders."