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MP’s Christmas card winner announced

Evan Kewley with Rachael McFarlane

A BUDDING artist from Ireleth St Peter’s Primary School has been chosen to have his artwork featured on a local MP’s Christmas e-card.

For the eighth year running Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock organised a Christmas card design competition for local schoolchildren.

And after long deliberation the design made by 10-year-old Evan Kewley was chosen from hundreds of entrants.

Evan’s design was of a smiley Santa complete with a starry background and the message: “You’re on the nice list.”

Mr Woodcock said: “Once again the entries were of a very high standard and I would like to thank the school heads, teachers and pupils for making the effort to produce some brilliant designs, despite this being a busy time of the year.

“We liked them all, but Evan’s cheery Santa really stood out and he is a worthy winner.

“Evan’s design will make my e-cards that extra bit special this year and I feel sure everyone who sees the picture will think it’s smashing.”

Ireleth St Peter’s head teacher, Rachael McFarlane, said: ‘We were thrilled to find out that a pupil at ISP was chosen as the winner of the Christmas card competition. Evan did a marvellous job and we are incredibly proud of his achievement.

“The visit to school this morning was a lovely surprise and Evan was delighted! Thank you to Miss Jackson for organising and enabling time for the pupils of ISP to participate in the competition.”

For his winning entry Evan has received a gift token from Waterstones.

A bug prevented Mr Woodcock from attending Friday’s presentation, but the MP addressed the class via a video he made to thank everyone for taking part and congratulating Evan for his design.

Mr Woodcock has also selected runners-up from the other schools that took part, and those children’s entries will appear on the MP’s Facebook page.

Mr Woodcock will also be writing personal letters of thanks to the children.

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