A BORDERS headteacher has described the “magical” moment that a pupil was selected as the winner of a Christmas card competition.

Eoin Tait, of Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Hawick, was triumphant in the 2021 contest run by politicians John Lamont and Rachael Hamilton.

The winning design was a snowman made from recycled paper from previous artworks.

Headteacher Jeanette Gordon said: “We are all really happy for Eoin and agree his card looks super. The look on Eoin’s face, when he realised he had won, was just magical to see.”

The pupil, who is in P6/7, was presented with a Lego Avengers toy for winning.

The card will be sent out to hundreds of households across the Borders, as well as to the Queen and the Prime Minister.

“Eoin was absolutely delighted to win this prize but what was even nicer was to see how pleased his classmates were for him,” said Mrs Gordon. “He is a lovely boy with a warm and friendly personality.”

The competition was sponsored by Scottish Power who donated the prizes for the winners.

Mr Lamont, Conservative MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, said: “One of the best parts of my job is to pick the winning design alongside my friend and colleague, Rachael Hamilton, for our annual Christmas card competition.

“Eoin’s design was great and has made a fantastic cover for our annual Christmas card.

“It was a pleasure to be able to present Eoin with his prize. I knew from his teachers that he was a big Lego Avengers fan so we were delighted to be able to get him this.”

Harriet Lindsay, of Melrose, and Dyllan Arnold, of Selkirk, were named as runners up in the competition, each receiving a £25 voucher of their choice.

Mrs Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, said: “It was a delight looking through the mail bag of entries we received for our annual Christmas card competition. It was great to see it return this year after we cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

“Eoin is a worthy winner, as were the fantastic runners up. They all really captured the beautiful scenes of Christmastime.

“It was great to see Eoin so delighted with his prize. I loved how he and his classmates had used recycled paper to make their designs.”