A BORDERS primary school pupil represented the region at a special event held at the Scottish Parliament.

Taking part in the inaugural Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' (RCSLT) VoiceBox joke-telling competition in Edinburgh Logan Hogg, from Ancrum Primary School, had MSPs in fits of laughter.

One of 28 youngsters from across Scotland taking part, Logan, who is in P4, received a medal and goodie bag for reaching the final of the competition.

Glenn Carter, head of RCSLT Scotland, said: "VoiceBox goes beyond entertainment; it highlights the vital role of speech and language therapy in empowering children to express themselves.

"It was brilliant to see all the kids here, and the RCSLT is thrilled to have brought

"VoiceBox to the Scottish Parliament, where it received such enthusiastic support.

"The joy and laughter shared today highlight the power of communication and the importance of nurturing it in our young people."

The VoiceBox competition aims to highlight the importance of communication in a child's development, and the impact speech and language therapies can have on their futures.

Hosting the competition's final was Presiding Officer Rt Hon Alison Johnstone MSP, with BBC journalist and comedian Zara Janjua, compering.

Ms Johnstone said: "It was a pleasure to host the final of the VoiceBox competition at the Scottish Parliament.

"The children put so much effort and thought into their jokes, which were a testament to their creativity and confidence.

"Events like these showcase the importance of helping children find their own voice and share their unique perspectives with the world."

The overall winner was 10-year-old Gordon Moodie from Cockenzie Primary School in East Lothian.

Gordon's winning joke was: "Why did the donkey go to the shops? Cause he had hee haw in the hoose!”

As prizes the finalists - Gordon, Zara Scott, Gregor Agnew, and Ismail Iqbal - received books from Harper Collins, the competition's sponsor, as well as toy vouchers for first and second place.

Lizzi Jones, head of sales and marketing for Scotland from HarperCollins Publishers, said: “We are delighted to support the development of children’s communication skills through VoiceBox and the message that it is spreading.

"We believe that this will help improve children’s literacy and comprehension abilities through the enjoyment of telling a joke.”