In sickness comes wealth as Robyn wins top prize

Robyn Murdoch
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THE Snowman fan Robyn Murdoch is “walking in the air” after her winning Christmas picture bagged her £500 of toys from Hamleys.

Eight-year-old Robyn was off school with a sickness bug when she came up with the festive design, inspired by the animated classic.

The winning poster design

The winning poster design

Mum Pauline, 42, of Port Seton, East Lothian, said Robyn had barely started drafting a list for Santa when she got the phone call to say she had won the Evening News Kids Christmas Picture Competition.

She said: “She loves drawing but she never expected to win. She was gobsmacked when she found out and couldn’t wait to go back into school to tell her friends.

“It was her gran that phoned her to say there was a competition in the Evening News and see if she wanted to draw a picture.

“She’d sat watching The Snowman which is how she came about making it with cotton wool. She likes her arts and crafts so it didn’t take her long to do it.”

The Cockenzie Primary School pupil beat 200 youngsters, aged two to ten, to win the top prize supplied by Hamleys. It includes being whisked off on a VIP trip to the Glasgow store where she will meet Santa and enjoy a day of pampering.

Evening News editor Frank O’Donnell, who judged the competition, said it had been a tough decision as the standard of entries was “exceptional”.

“It was difficult to pick a winner. I liked Robyn’s as it was a classic, simple design but creative. The tartan ribbon was a nice touch, too.”

Every entry will appear in the newspaper during a series running throughout the Christmas period.